The Italian squad is heading into the 2024 season with a way of reinvigoration following its seize over the winter of Lewis Hamilton for 2025.
That prime-profile signing is the fruits of what has been nicknamed ‘Operation Relaunch’ as Ferrari CEO John Elkann and group principal Fred Vasseur plot the Scuderia’s route again to the entrance of the grid.
Whereas the group’s 2023 automobile proved super-fast over a single lap in qualifying, it couldn’t extract anyplace close to the race tempo and consistency of the benchmark Pink Bull squad.
Ultimately, the group managed only a single victory all through the marketing campaign, because of Sainz’s success on the Singapore Grand Prix.
Ferrari hopes that the developments made to the SF-24 will assist it make good progress on this entrance and cut back the peaky-aerodynamic efficiency that was one of many key elements that overshadowed its F1 efforts all through final season.
Whereas it’s too early to guage reasonable targets for the SF-24 automobile, and delivering a Pink Bull beater could also be an excessive amount of to anticipate, Ferrari has enthusiasm in regards to the steps which were made and the plans that may carry it into the Hamilton period.
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That a lot was proved on the eve of the Ferrari launch when Elkann took the weird method of heading to the F1 manufacturing unit to witness the ending touches being made to the stickers of the brand new SF-24.
It signalled that F1 may be very a lot near Elkann’s coronary heart now and that he’s paying detailed consideration to the grand prix operation.
Optimism inside Maranello is about to develop inside the subsequent weeks with the rumoured arrival of round 20 new personnel introduced in to assist the squad make the steps it feels are wanted to push in the direction of the entrance.
Group principal Fred Vasseur stated: “Presenting a brand new automobile to the world for the primary time is at all times a really thrilling second for me and the drivers, even when we’re all already interested by the second we’ll go face to face with our rivals on observe.
“This 12 months, we should begin off the place we left off on the finish of final season, once we had been constant entrance runners, with a view to consistently enhancing in all areas.
“The longest ever System 1 season awaits us and Charles, Carlos and I all agree, we should be extra medical and efficient in how we handle the races, making daring decisions, as a way to get the very best consequence at each Grand Prix.
“It’s typically stated that your followers can provide you an additional gear and that may undoubtedly be true in what will probably be a really carefully contested championship and we’re proud to know we will depend on our ‘tifosi’ from world wide.”