Word from inside the Ferrari camp is very positive ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season as they plot a long-overdue return to the summit of the sport.
Not since 2008 has the Italian team tasted success – lifting the constructors’ championship – but there was renewed hope in 2022 when Charles Leclerc won two of the first three races.
However, that optimism quickly dissipated following a slew of power unit issues, strategical errors and driver mistakes, as Max Verstappen and Red Bull eventually ran out comfortable victors.
Ahead of the 2023 season, there is a growing belief that the Maranello-based outfit have been able to address the aforementioned engine gremlins to launch a more sustained challenge, with new boss Frederic Vasseur telling Spanish publication Marca “we are here to win“.
According to Motorsport.com in Italy, data from the new PU is very encouraging, as is the feedback on the design of Ferrari‘s 2023 challenger, the SF-23.
As well as working on the reliability of their car and upgrading the aero package, Ferrari have also brought back Davide Mazzoni to oversee work on the internal combustion engine (ICE).
Mazzoni is targeting further performance gains from the E10 fuel, so there is plenty to be hopeful about for Scuderia fans.
When will Ferrari unveil the SF-23?
The 2023 F1 car launches are coming thick and fast, with Ferrari set to unveil the SF-23 in Maranello on February 14.
As always, it will be one of the most highly anticipated events of pre-season as eager observers tune in to assess any changes in design and aesthetics.
Ferrari will hope they have built on the foundations laid in 2022 to give Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz a car that can challenge for race wins throughout 2023.
The 2023 F1 season kicks off in Bahrain from March 3 to 5.