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Carlos Sainz, Ferrari SF-23
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Why Ferrari is struggling and how it can turn its F1 fortunes around

Three races into the F1 season and Ferrari is already languishing almost 100 points behind all-conquering Red Bull in the constructors' standings. But, despite new boss Fred Vasseur's reign having a difficult start, there are still a few reasons for optimism

It was all smiles at Ferrari’s pre-season launch event at Fiorano. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz exuded a quiet confidence and ease on the day that the SF-23 was revealed to the world, while new team principal Fred Vasseur was equally assured in his first public event with the squad.

There were plenty of reasons to be optimistic within the confines of its Maranello headquarters. A lean period, instigated by the FIA’s investigation of Ferrari’s power unit design that resulted in many of its horses bolting, proved to be finally over and the team had enacted a recovery for 2022. Although the season exposed many of the squad’s weaknesses, new leadership would surely help Ferrari to challenge Red Bull on a much more consistent basis, particularly after its charge last year tailed off.

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