Ferrari is one of the most successful Formula One teams in history. The Italian team has a long and rich history that dates back to the 1950s and has established itself as a dominant force in the sport.
Ferrari’s numerous constructors’ championships are among its most notable achievements in Formula One. The team has won more constructors’ championships than any other team in the sport’s history.
The first constructors’ championship for Ferrari was in 1961, and the most recent was in 2008. Ferrari has had numerous drivers who have won the drivers’ championship in addition to its success in the constructors’ championship.
Sebastian Vettel, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher, and Juan Manuel Fangio are among the most well-known Ferrari drivers. With five titles won while driving for Ferrari, Schumacher holds the record for the most drivers’ championships won while driving for the team.
Ferrari’s season in 2022
Charles LeClerc and Carlos Sainz were at the wheel in the 2022 season. The F1-75 was the only other title-contending car for the season alongside Red Bull’s RB18. Mercedes’ car facing porpoising issues with its aerodynamics rendered it uncompetitive. Charles Leclerc scored 308 points with 3 wins, 11 podiums, and 9 poles which put him in 2nd place in the WDC standings.
Sainz, on the other hand, scored 246 points with 1 win, 9 podiums, and 3 pole positions which put him in 5th position in the WDC standings. Ferrari was contending for the title until the French GP where Verstappen widened his lead making sure that Leclerc never catches up.
The 146 points gap between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc is mainly attributed to Ferrari’s ex-team principal, Mattia Binotto. Binotto’s poor tire management strategy caused Ferrari to lose out on essential seconds on the grid.
Ferrari had a very good chance of clutching the title in 2022, but poor strategy and tire management attributed to their inability to win a title since 2008. However, Ferrari emerged victorious in 4 races at Spielberg, Silverstone, Melbourne, and Sakhir. after their last win at the hands of Sebastian Vettel in 2019. Carlos Sainz had his first-ever win in his F1 career at Silverstone and started P1 on 3 occasions.
Charles Leclerc was the fans’ favorite in 2022 alongside Max Verstappen, he performed brilliantly on the grid. His way to the WDC was hindered by none other than his team’s strategy. He emerged victorious in Sakhir, Melbourne, and Sakhir; the former two being the first two races of the season.
“I’ve always been very vocal about my mistakes. There were two especially this year that were costly and where I lost points. On the other hand, I’m happy with my season. I think it’s been a really good season. Last year, especially for the second part of the season, I had struggled a lot, [so] I changed a few things this year that made it better.” Said, Leclerc.
He appreciated Red Bull’s work in the 2022 season, saying “They completely deserve to win the title. We haven’t been clean enough to challenge them.”
He confessed that while they had performance, there were issues from both the driver side and the strategy team that ultimately led them to lose to Verstappen’s dominance of the track.
Ferrari’s vision for 2023
Ferrari is going into 2023 with an optimistic nature, but with one minor change- at the helm now they have ex-Alfa Romeo principal Fred Vasseur to replace Binotto as team principal. It will be intriguing to see how he competes with principals like Toto Wolff and Christian Horner who have been performing at the top level for years.
Chatting with Fred 🗣️— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 28, 2023
We sat down with our new Team Principal on how he settled down and what to expect for the 2023 season 👀#F1 pic.twitter.com/98TwFvOQ4s
Ferrari CEO spoke about him, mentioning that “We are delighted to welcome Fred Vasseur to Ferrari as our Team Principal. Throughout his career, he has successfully combined his technical strengths as a trained engineer with a consistent ability to bring out the best in his drivers and teams. This approach and his leadership are what we need to push Ferrari forward with renewed energy.”
Charles Leclerc appeared on his vlog referring to the 2023 season saying that “I think am I [more] mature.
“Every season that you do in Formula 1 you learn new things, so you change as a driver.”
It’s good to be back 😁🙌 pic.twitter.com/8RYup1iH38— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 26, 2023
On the other hand, Carlos Sainz told F1 “I do feel like with a perfect year, it should be possible, but we will need to be perfect next year, and we will need to improve the car.”
Ferrari looks forward to having a more competitive season in 2023, with Mercedes joining the mix with their pre-2022 form. The season is looking a little different with 3 teams ready to fight for the title with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton trying to add up to their WDC tallies.
Charles Leclerc looks to continue his driving with a more reliable strategy to challenge for the title alongside Carlos Sainz. Fans look optimistically to the 2023 livery and vehicle release on the 14th of February.
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