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F1 2024 team preview: Can Ferrari propel to title contention?

Published at :February 13, 2024 at 5:14 PM
Modified at :February 13, 2024 at 5:14 PM
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Hisan Kidwai

After another dismal season in 2023, Ferrari enter the 2024 Formula 1 season with low expectations. It’s difficult to forget that the season began with everything going completely awry, even though it ended on a high note and the squad performed admirably overall.

They faced many challenges since the beginning of the previous season. However, under the leadership of Frédéric Vasseur, team principal of the Scuderia Ferrari, the team managed to overcome those problems and get back on pace.

As they prepare for the new season, the team has demonstrated a greater grasp of vehicle development by making progress in resolving the problems with their car from 2023.

Is Ferrari going to make a comeback this season? Will Charles face another unlucky season with their car issues? Let’s have a look at the potential of their success in this coming and get an answer to these questions.

Prospects for the 2024 Season

Ferrari’s prospects for the 2024 F1 season are optimistic due to their improvement in 2023’s car issues and better understanding of development. However, concerns remain due to the team’s commitment to a Red Bull concept and the expected bedding-in period.

 The power unit remains a strength, potentially improving straight-line speed, but the final design shape remains to be seen.

Ferrari’s track record of messing things up remains a concern, and the team’s performance is still uncertain. While the team should be better than last season, the jury is still out on its exact performance.

Driver line-up dynamics

The dynamics of the drivers are one the most crucial factors for the team. Charles Leclerc has signed a contract extension and has fixed his seat on the team, indicating a long-term commitment.

However, there’s a lot of uncertainty about Carlos’ future in the team. While it has been made official that Lewis Hamilton will be replacing Carlos Sainz in the 2025 season, we hope that Carlos isn’t called back mid-season.

If that situation arises at any point in time, Ferrari has appointed Oliver Bearman and Arthur Leclerc as their reserve drivers for the 2024 season.

Overcoming Technical Deficiencies with the SF-24

The new Ferrari SF-24 will be unveiled on 13 February 2024. The team has made significant changes to last year’s car, with the new single-seater being 95% different from the SF-23.

The suspension layout will remain a push rod at the front and a pull rod at the rear, but the geometry of attachments to the frame will change to achieve an anti-dive effect at the front and an anti-squat at the rear. The SF-24 will feature revamped side pods with an integrated anti-intrusion bulkhead, freeing up space for the underframe.

The engine cover will be larger and flatter, directing air towards the rear wing and beam wing for better efficiency. The goal is to gain efficiency, with the Ferrari SF-24 not being a copy of Red Bull but offering its innovative solutions.

Predicting the pecking order

In terms of the pecking order, a title challenge for Ferrari seems unlikely at this stage. The team is still in the process of rebuilding and refining its capabilities, with a driver lineup consisting of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, who may need time to fully adapt and excel.

While the possibility of winning individual races remains, Ferrari’s focus for the season is more on consolidation and improvement rather than championship contention.

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