The Italian squad had hoped that the structure and totally different calls for of the Jeddah circuit would permit it to pose a much bigger risk to Pink Bull than it was in a position to at F1’s season opener in Bahrain.
Nonetheless, regardless of Charles Leclerc managing to ship a qualifying time ok for the entrance row, the Scuderia’s race tempo was missing.
Having initially seemed sturdy within the early phases on contemporary rubber, each Carlos Sainz and Leclerc fell away on the laborious compound after the pitstops and ended up ending sixth and seventh behind Mercedes.
The end result was removed from ideally suited and comes 12 months after Ferrari had battled Verstappen all the way in which for glory in Saudi Arabia.
Vasseur stated that it was now important for Ferrari to get an understanding of why issues had not labored out with its automotive up to now and to not fake issues had been higher than they’re.
Requested what can be the very first thing he’ll ask the engineers, Vasseur stated: “To not bullshit ourselves.
“A very powerful factor in this sort of scenario is to know the place we’re going properly and what we’re doing mistaken. However we can not bullshit ourselves.
“We have now to vary. We have now to grasp the place we’re mistaken, and we’ve got to push. It’s not [good enough] to talk, we won’t be sooner like this.
“For me the image is kind of clear. The potential of the automotive is nice, nevertheless it’s not sufficient in comparison with Pink Bull, as a result of we aren’t in a position to extract the utmost from the automotive each time.”
Vasseur believed the important space the place Ferrari tripped up in Saudi Arabia was its administration of the totally different tyre compounds – and particularly an absence of tempo on the laborious.
Frederic Vasseur, Workforce Principal and Basic Supervisor, Scuderia Ferrari
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
“The primary stint went fairly properly and Charles had comeback, however he was with the mushy [tyre] and no person is aware of concerning the totally different compound,” he stated.
“Carlos was in an honest tempo on the primary stint with the medium, in comparison with the others, however we misplaced utterly the bottom with the laborious [tyre].
“It’s the place we’ve got to grasp that the principle concern is. If we’ve got some enchancment to do, it’s clearly on the administration of the totally different compound.”
Vasseur stays satisfied that the SF-23 has the baseline that Ferrari must problem on the entrance this yr, however he feels the crew lacks the power for it to run at its peak all through a complete grand prix weekend.
He means that its qualifying tempo, which has proved to be near Pink Bull, gives a glimmer of the potential there’s within the automotive.
Nonetheless, he says that important to Ferrari delivering this season is in it with the ability to unleash that form of potential over your entire grand prix weekend.
“I don’t need to push on the Positive aspect, as a result of the end result of the weekend isn’t good and we’ve got to be targeted on what goes mistaken, not on the positives,” he defined.
“However I’ve to remember, to do a correct evaluation, of what’s going properly and I feel that qualifying went fairly properly.
“For positive we at all times need to do a greater job, and it was troublesome to know precisely what was the potential of the Pink Bull as a result of Max [Verstappen] didn’t do the Q3. However not less than I had the sensation that in comparison with Mercedes and Aston Martin we did a step ahead.
“We had been one=tenth off, [in qualifying] they had been three and 4 [tenths] I feel, and I feel we’re on the proper manner by way of growth.
“However potential is one factor, and I feel on the potential aspect we did an honest step. The problem is we’ve got to remain at this most potential everywhere in the weekend, and it’s not what we’re doing at present [Sunday].
“I feel on some events we’re there. However on some events, or some stints of the weekend, we aren’t in a position to be on the most of our chance.”