Leclerc is “completely on board” with Vasseur’s long term vision for Ferrari in F1

Ferrari SF-24 with Charles Leclerc, Fred Vasseur & Carlos Sainz behind
Leclerc, Vasseur & Sainz with the SF-24 - Photo credit:
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Charles Leclerc expresses his confidence in the leadership of Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur ahead of the Maranello based outfit’s 2024 Formula 1 campaign.

Despite a far from ideal first season at the helm of Ferrari, team principal Fred Vasseur has garnered the support of the team’s star driver Charles Leclerc. The young Monegasque driver lauded Vasseur’s leadership and vision for the future of the team.

When asked about Vasseur’s leadership, Leclerc noted that there are many small changes which have been made within the team in which you can feel his influence. He also shied away from comparing the leadership of Vasseur to that of his predecessor Mattia Binotto who moved on from the team following a four year stint as team principal ending in 2022.

Leclerc highlighted Vassuer’s focus on the inner workings of the team, rather than the media frenzy often associated with Ferrari, as a key point of his leadership style.

Following a difficult 2023 season in which the team’s SF-23 failed to consistently challenge for podiums, Leclerc says the progress made in the latter half of last season, which saw Carlos Sainz secure the only non Red Bull victory of the year, gives the team reason to be optimistic.

“I’ve felt this feeling for six months already,” He said. “Six months ago, since we started that second part of the season, there was a really big motivation from the whole team. I remember very clearly the moment we ran our particular test in Zandvoort in the free practices, we came back from Zandvoort and we all sat down and we had very clear results in front of our eyes.

“That gave a huge motivation to the team because we were like, ‘okay, so now we understand what are the weak points of the car, where we need to work, which direction we need to take’. And from that moment onwards, everybody has been fully on board with the directions that we have been taking. Everything made sense.

“After three or four races we brought a new floor in Japan and straight away it was a step forward. In terms of sensitivities with the wind, but also in terms of the front, I speak very often about wanting a strong front and that was a step forward as well.”

Leclerc, clearly excited by the prospect of a competitive SF-24, says his optimism is based on the progress the team has made over the past six months. With the SF-24, the first car designed under the leadership of Vasseur, claimed to have ironed out many of the weaknesses of the SF-23, Leclerc has high hopes for the future of Ferrari.

“I really hope that this car can follow up the momentum that we’ve had since the second part of last year,” He said. “But I don’t think it’s a new optimism right now – I think it already started six months ago – but it’s a good thing to see and it’s exciting for the future.”