Carlos Sainz’s last Ferrari |  Formula 1 |  Sports

Carlos Sainz’s last Ferrari | Formula 1 | Sports

Let no one be fooled: Ferrari’s chances of fighting for the Formula 1 World Championship which begins on March 2, in Bahrain, are tiny. This does not mean that the Maranello team has given everything to try to take a step forward that brings it a little closer to Red Bull, the lord and master of the car of the last championship, especially in the hands of Max Verstappen , who has already become a competition legend at just 26 years old.

Whatever numbers it may rack up, the SF-24 will also go down in history as the last Ferrari before the Lewis Hamilton era, which will wear red next year and most likely upset Maranello. Whether 2024 is a year of process will depend on Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who will face his final season as driver of the Scuderia having been chosen to leave his position to the British. By negotiating his next destination, the Madrilenian can boast of being the only one capable of achieving victory over the red Buffalo cars in Singapore, a weekend where those of Milton Keynes (Great Britain) were still running behind. With the SF-23, Ferrari finished last year in third position in the manufacturers’ standings, just three points behind Mercedes.

In a presentation in Maranello that could only be followed electronically, Ferrari presented a prototype which, fundamentally, aims to be less demanding, more versatile and easier to drive than its predecessor. Above all, in long series of rounds, the parameter on which the options of any structure are based. It is also the most universal in the world of motor racing, which continues to be so because of its impact and its cachet, even if it has not celebrated a title for 16 years (Raikkonen, in 2007).

The arrival of Hamilton is the answer that tries to end this drought, and John Elkann, the CEO of the Mercedes company, intervened directly in the process of seducing the multi-champion Mercedes. The prancing horse, who was directly involved to the point of going to the headquarters to witness the birth of the new car. Overseeing the development of the SF-24 is a way to put pressure on troops and prepare them for the landing of the Stevenage Boy, one of the most important market operations ever. It is expected that little by little, the names of the technical personnel who will join Ferrari will emerge to take on the next challenge in the best possible conditions.

“This year we have to start where we left off last season, a stage in which we were in the lead at almost all times. The idea is to improve in all areas,” summarized Fred Vasseur, the training director. “The SF-24 should be less sensitive and easier to fly, which is what we pilots really need,” Leclerc commented after a simulator session. “I hope this car represents a step forward in different areas. From the impression the simulator gave me, I think we are where we want to be,” he added.

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