Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur took a subtle dig at the car launches of his rival teams being “a bit virtual”, after a fan-led launch of the SF-23 on Tuesday.
Ferrari launched their 2023 challenger at in-house test track Fiorano in front of a packed grandstand of Tifosi as Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz addressed the crowd, before driving their first laps behind the wheel just minutes after the covers were taken off.
The event also saw plenty of Ferrari fans looking to catch a glimpse of the car around the perimeter fences of the circuit at the outdoor launch on Tuesday, in arguably the most spectacular car launch of the season so far.
New team principal Vasseur did not attempt to claim credit for the event taking place in the way that it did, given that he only joined the Scuderia to replace Mattia Binotto in the new year, but he spoke of the pride that the team had in putting the launch together.
But within that, with other teams either launching from within the factory or in New York City in the case of Red Bull and AlphaTauri, with Alpine set for a London unveiling on Wednesday, in praising his own team’s launch, he took a slight critique of the way his rivals have gone about launching their cars so far.
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“It’s always emotional for our team to do the launch that we put so much effort [into], not myself, I joined too late and my contribution is very small on this one, but I can perfectly feel the work done on the car,” Vasseur said at the launch of the SF-23.
“Now it will be a new journey for the project because the car will move to the race team. But it’s a great feeling, when you are back on track it’s like when you’re back at school, and I can feel that way.
“Everybody’s very proud of the job done, and this feeling is very important for the motivation of everybody and for the season.
“It will be quite long season but the motivation is there and it’s crucial in terms of performance.
“This also is a good feeling to look on the launch of the other teams, I think it was a bit virtual or online and I don’t want to speak about the others, but I’m more than proud to do something like this with all the Tifosi around the track with guests, it’s a really big event and, and for us, it’s the best way to start the season.”