The improvements made in 2023 had a similar aim, but after the summer break, at Zandvoort, Sainz and Leclerc still had to split their car’s settings to fine-tune the tricky handling.
A move towards understeer then favored Sainz before late-season adjustments saw Leclerc secure four pole positions and three podiums in the last six Grands Prix.
Ferrari wants to immediately return to this improved form at the start of the 2024 campaign.
A team statement said: “The design group, led by (chassis technical director) Enrico Cardile, aimed to give Charles and Carlos a car that was easy to drive and reacted predictably, with a focus on the positive feeling felt by the pilots. in the cockpit during the final races of last season.
Team principal Fred Vasseur said: “This year we need to start where we left off at the end of last season, when we were consistently at the front, with the aim of constantly improving in all the domains. »
He added that Ferrari must be more clinical and efficient in its race management and make “bold choices” as it aims to put pressure on runaway 2023 constructors’ champion Red Bull.
Watch: Presentation of the Ferrari SF-24
The SF-24 is also distinguished by its revised livery, which reduces the exposed carbon fiber around the rear wing, main rear wing assembly and halo in favor of more white and yellow flashes – a a nod to Ferrari’s other traditional racing colors and the 2023 World Endurance Championship Hypercar 499P, winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After his first tests on the simulator, Leclerc further underlined the importance given to the car. He noted, “The SF-24 should be less sensitive and easier to drive and for us drivers, that’s what you need to do well.”
“I expect the car to be a step forward in several areas and from the impression I got in the simulator I think we are where we want to be.”
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While Ferrari moved away from its ground-effect “bathtub” pontoon solution at last year’s Spanish GP, the team has promised a new car concept for this season.
Cardile clarified: “With the SF-24 we wanted to create a completely new platform and in fact every area of the car was redesigned, although our starting point was the development direction we adopted l last year and which saw us take a big step forward. forward in terms of competitiveness in the latter part of the season.
“We took on board what the drivers told us and transformed these ideas into technical reality, with the aim of giving them a car that is easier to drive and therefore easier to get the most out of and push it to its limits.
“We have not set ourselves any design constraints other than delivering a solid and honest racing car, capable of reproducing on the circuit what we saw in the wind tunnel.”
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