Frederic Vasseur rallied his Red troops demanding they be more focused for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, after Charles Leclerc was disqualified in Austin, his SF-23 failing post race FIA checks.
While Leclerc crossed the finish line sixth in the United States Grand Prix last Sunday, the stewards found out the his SF-23’s underfloor planks were worn excessively and as a result disqualified him, a fate that also met Lewis Hamilton who lost his second place.
That came after a race were Ferrari bungled Leclerc’s strategy who dropped back after starting from pole, the only consolation for Ferrari is Carlos Sainz’s promotion to third.
Vasseur reflected: “We left Austin with a different result to the finishing order past the flag, which promoted Carlos to a place on the podium, actually well deserved given how he managed his race.
“It has also allowed us to claw back some points in our pursuit of second place in the Constructors’ classification,” he added.
Looking ahead to this weekend, the Frenchman said: “However, in Mexico I want to see a more focused team, as we cannot afford to get things wrong in how we assess the race evolution, as was the case in Austin.
“The altitude in Mexico makes for a unique race, as it influences various aspects of the car’s behavior from pure performance to tyre management.
“With this event running to the traditional weekend timetable, we will be able to carry out all the necessary evaluation work over the three free practice sessions and I believe we will come up with targeted strategies that will allow us to do our best in what, on paper, can be quite a complicated race,” he explained.
“All of us, Carlos and Charles included, must be able to grab any opportunities that come our way,” Vasseur concluded.
Ferrari are currently third in the 2023 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship, 22 points behind Mercedes in second.
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