Ferrari boss sticks to title promise despite mixed start. Ferrari boss John Elkann is not giving up on the dream of winning the Formula 1 world championship title despite the mixed start to the new season.
“Our goal is and remains to win the world championship title. The whole team is fully focused on achieving this goal,” Elkann said at Ferrari’s shareholders’ meeting on Friday.
In the still young season, the Scuderia is still waiting for its first podium finish after three races. In the Constructors’ World Championship, Ferrari is even only in fourth place behind Red Bull, Aston Martin and Mercedes.
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Leclerc reveals Ferrari upgrades for Baku
Charles Leclerc insists Ferrari is “fully motivated to get back on top” after using the April break ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to work on its underperforming car.
Certainly, Leclerc seems upbeat about using the April break to develop improvements to the much-hyped SF-23 car.
“I think in the situation we are in as a team,” he told Formula1.com,
“We take this as an opportunity to work as much as possible during this break, in order to get upgrades as quickly as possible and be as competitive as we want sooner in this season.
“It’s still a very, very long season. We are fully motivated to get back on top and we’ll try to use these weeks [before Baku] in the best way possible.”
Leclerc: “We need a more solid car”
Leclerc adds: “We know the story about last year, and now it’s all about focusing on what we can do better to improve and to come back to their [Red Bull’s] level. We know where we need to work on and now we just need to make it happen.”
The SF23 has been unreliable this season, and Leclerc was forced to retire from Bahrain due to an engine problem.
“Honestly, it is just to try and have a more solid car in all the conditions.
“We seem to be quite good in terms of qualifying whenever the peak grip is there, but then whenever we lose a little bit of grip in the race, it starts to be very, very difficult, and we seem to lose quite a lot of performance, so on that we need to work.”
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Ferrari: “We are sticking to the plan…”
Ferrari team boss Fred Vasseur has said “that the team is “sticking to the plan” when it comes to car concept.
He said: “We have made some adjustments in terms of balance and behaviour, and it was much better in Melbourne, and we’ll continue in this direction.
“It’s not a B-car if that is what you want to say.”
Economically, Ferrari as a group that includes its road car division, can look back on a positive year. The carmaker closed 2022 with a record profit of 833 million euros, an increase of 13 per cent compared to 2021. Turnover increased by 19.3 per cent to five billion euros.
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Ah yes, our beloved president, who didn’t even bother to attend the presentation of the SF-23 and was on his yacht near the coast of Capri during the Monza GP.
But the Purosangue is sold out for years and the stock price is around $286, so Elkann must be happy, everything else is just background noise