Present at Le Mans on Thursday to see the Ferrari 499Ps monopolize the front row of the 24 Hours grid, the Scuderia team principal was asked about the difficulties encountered in F1.
Despite notable aerodynamic developments for the Barcelona race (new flat bottom and modified sidepods), Ferrari suffered on the Circuit de Catalunya.
Eliminated in Q1, Charles Leclerc never found the right pace in the race due to worrying tire degradation while Carlos Sainz was fifth at home after starting on the front row.
Vasseur nevertheless believes that the development program for the SF-23 is progressing in the right direction by approaching Mercedes and Aston Martin.
“We have taken a step forward in terms of our potential, believes the French manager. Our benchmark is Miami qualifying: we tied the game with Carlos on the front row, and we probably even took a step forward, at least against Aston Martin. »
« But it’s still not enough, Fred admits. We still have a huge delta in terms of performance compared to Mercedes in the race. That’s where we need to focus and if we want to come back we need to get good results on Sunday because that’s where we score points. »
“The situation remains complex because the behavior of the car is inconsistent from one stint to another and from one set of tires to another, he concludes. We’re starting to get a good idea of its operating window, but we’re not going to turn the tables in the space of a few races. »