Neither Charles Leclerc nor Carlos Sainz have put pen to paper on a brand new Ferrari contract based on group boss Frederic Vasseur; 2023 was Vasseur’s first season answerable for Ferrari they usually had been the one group to assert a race victory throughout Purple Bull’s record-breaking marketing campaign
Final Up to date: 16/12/23 11:08pm
Workforce principal Frederic Vasseur says Ferrari are “not in a rush” to signal new contracts with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Each drivers’ present offers expire on the finish of 2024 with 12 different drivers on the F1 grid additionally having contracts that run out subsequent 12 months.
However Leclerc has reportedly signed a brand new five-year deal to stick with Ferrari till 2029 based on the Italian media whereas Sainz’s future remains to be not clear.
Vasseur had beforehand mentioned he anticipated the offers to be agreed by the top of 2023, however is now pointing to rivals Mercedes ready till August earlier this 12 months to seal an extension with Lewis Hamilton, whose earlier contract had been set to run out on the finish of the 12 months.
“We’re not in a rush to increase the offers however have began discussions. Mercedes did it in August. We’re not in a rush in any respect,” Vasseur advised Sky Italy.
“This season, I used to be anticipating to do it earlier than the top of the 12 months. However the season was an enormous one and we’ve began the dialogue. However, once more, we aren’t in a rush.”
Leclerc, who got here by the Ferrari academy earlier than beginning his F1 profession with Sauber, has been on the group since 2019. Sainz joined in 2021, having beforehand pushed for Toro Rosso, Renault and McLaren.
Vasseur: Necessary to not be conceited
Ferrari missed out on second place within the 2023 Constructors’ Championship by three factors to Mercedes regardless of Leclerc’s three podiums within the closing 4 races.
Sainz took the one non-Purple Bull win of the 12 months on the Singapore Grand Prix and was simply six factors behind his team-mate within the Drivers’ Championship, the Ferrari duo ending fifth and seventh.
Vasseur, who took over Mattia Binotto as group boss initially of the 12 months, thinks Ferrari “should not be scared to take dangers” after taking a “enormous step ahead” within the second half of the season.
“I am at all times anxious as a result of it is my job to! Even if you’re solely centered on your self it is necessary to not be conceited,” mentioned Vasseur.
“I have been doing this job for six years and it is at all times a great lesson of humility as a result of you are able to do a great job one Sunday, then the Sunday after you’re nowhere.
“It is a regular course of. It is to not be anxious…we simply want to enhance in every single place and that is crucial message.
“It isn’t that Purple Bull have a magic bullet that places them 4 tenths forward. They’re in all probability higher than us with 10 issues value 4 hundredths. We have to do small steps in every single place and hold this mindset.”
Vasseur sees Verstappen because the benchmark
A record-breaking season for Max Verstappen noticed him rating greater than twice as many factors as runner-up Sergio Perez, with Purple Bull 451 factors forward of Mercedes and 454 factors in entrance of Ferrari within the Constructors’ Championship.
Ferrari have not received a title in F1 since 2008 with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel failing to change into world champion with the purple group throughout that interval.
In 2022, Leclerc led the early levels of the championship as Ferrari and Purple Bull went head-to-head within the first half of the season. Nevertheless, their title problem shortly pale away as a consequence of errors from driver and group, plus reliability woes.
Vasseur insists Ferrari’s progress again to the entrance is “all about particulars” and is happy with the angle of the group throughout his first 12 months in cost as they appear to get again on phrases with Purple Bull.
“For positive he [Verstappen] would be the benchmark. They [Red Bull] had a bonus this season and I am positive they may enhance subsequent 12 months,” added Vasseur.
“However if you happen to have a look at the final a part of the season I believe we made a step on the technical aspect and we’re a lot nearer to them in qualy and the race.
“Even within the races we may combat with him and doing this, they may in all probability do some extra errors. It is like a snowball. Should you make a step ahead, you get extra motivation and the others battle a bit extra. Now we have to take it step-by-step and never think about we shall be successful each single weekend.”
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