Fred Vasseur claims Ferrari has the ‘momentum’ to finish second in the 2023 Constructors championship ahead of Mercedes

Charles Leclerc managed a brilliant second place finish for Ferrari at the Las Vegas GP.


Fred Vasseur claims Ferrari has the ‘momentum’ to finish second in the 2023 Constructors championship ahead of Mercedes

Carlos Sainz, Fred Vasseur and Charles Leclerc (Via IMAGO)

The Ferrari Formula 1 team had a strong outing at the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix. The SF-23 worked well around the 6.201 km track, and ahead of this week’s Abu Dhabi GP, the Ferrari team principal, Fred Vasseur, has indicated that his team has the momentum to finish second in the 2023 standings ahead of Mercedes.

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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc managed a brilliant second-place finish at the Las Vegas event. Moreover, combined with Carlos Sainz’s sixth-place finish, the team has come away with many points from the last American race of this year. As things stand, Mercedes is only four points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors Championship.

Considering the tremendous pace that the Maranello-based team showed last weekend, Fred Vasseur is confident that his team can clinch second place away from Mercedes. While talking about it with racingnews365, he said;

If you consider that we were 60 points them a few races ago, we are on a good path. We were able to perform in Monza, in Singapore, in Austin, in Mexico, and during this weekend on different tires, in different conditions, and different compounds and we can be more than motivated before Abu Dhabi. The momentum is with us, so let's see what happens.

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Mercedes will try its best to keep Ferrari at bay during the Abu Dhabi GP

While Fred Vasseur and Co. are up for the fight at the famous Yas Marina F1 circuit, the Mercedes F1 team will not go down without a big fight. They are currently in the lead, and Lewis Hamilton and George Russell would just about do anything in order to keep things this way at the end of the Abu Dhabi GP.

Mercedes (Credits: Motorsportweek)
Mercedes (Credits: Motorsportweek)

Toto Wolff desperately wants to finish second in the 2023 Constructors championship and would, most probably, give Hamilton and Russell the license to get their elbows out if the situation demands. Qualifying will be key from the point of view of both Ferrari and the Brackley-based Mercedes outfit.

Keeping in view everything that has been discussed above, Ferrari has got their work cut out for them. They need to produce the best possible car for the Abu Dhabi GP, and the rest would depend on the exploits of their prolific drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Ferrari has every chance of giving Mercedes a body blow in Abu Dhabi.

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