Ferrari has made changes to their race team operations after reviewing the strategic and operational errors which compromised their season last year.
The team, which launched its new SF-23 chassis today, was left to count the cost of tactical mistakes and problems in the pit lane on several occasions in 2022. Charles Leclerc saw his championship bid frustrated by questionable strategy calls while he was leading in Monaco, Silverstone and the Hungaroring, as well as during qualifying at Interlagos.
Sporting director Laurent Mekies said Ferrari has conducted a 360-degree review of its processes and scrutinised the mistakes it made last season in depth.
“We had a very, very extensive review of 2022, trying to find out where we have performed strongly, obviously analysing deeply where we have been lacking as there is no need to hide,” he said. “We have learned some of this last year in the hard way on Sunday afternoon.
“So of course we have had this 360 review. What it means for us is that we are concentrating on giving our people the best platform to express themselves.
“So we have been reviewing our processes, we are reviewing the way we are working in order to make sure that each each individual can express itself as best individually and, of course, collectively.”
The disappointing end to a season which began strongly for Ferrari led to the departure of Mattia Binotto as team principal. His replacement Frederic Vasseur, who took charge last month, confirmed other changes have been made within the operation ahead of the new season. He plans to consider whether more needs to be done after the opening races.
“It’s very short notice and it’s difficult to have a big change into the organisation, but we will do some marginal changes into the organisation on the race team operation,” said Vasseur. “And then let’s see after Bahrain and the first couple of races, what we will do.”
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