Fred Vasseur has called on Ferrari to be “more efficient” in 2024 after letting too many points slip away this season.
Ferrari narrowly lost out to Mercedes in the battle for second in the constructors’ championship at the season finale in Abu Dhabi – finishing just three points behind its rivals.
A series of factors can be blamed for the team’s failure to beat Mercedes to the best-of-the-rest title behind Red Bull, with reliability and mistakes in particular plaguing Ferrari’s season.
Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz suffered a DNS due to mechanical issues, while various other technical gremlins cost Ferrari valuable points.
Team boss Vasseur insists the Italian outfit must make more of its opportunities next year having made a lit of all the points it dropped over the year.
“We started on the wrong foot in Bahrain when we had to stop, we were P3 and [got] the penalty for the second race. It meant for Charles it was almost 25 points of penalty,” Vasseur said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Plus the points that we were giving to the others with the two Mercedes that were behind us.
“But again, it is not only this one – you can do the list. Trust me, I have done the list a couple of times and have it in my head the classification without the issues and overall, I think that you have ups and downs during the season.
“For sure, we gave up more points than our competitors and that means it is another topic that we need to work on for next year, to be more opportunistic and more efficient.”
While Vasseur was unwilling to reveal the amount of points lost in public, he stressed work will be undertaken over the winter to ensure there is no repeat of the mistakes Ferrari made in 2023.
“I will keep this [lost points tally] in my mind because I hate to race with ‘if’, because everybody can race with ‘if’ and do a better job,” he said.
“It means that this is completely forbidden at the factory to work with ‘if’ but it is important. It is not to find an excuse at all because it is our fault.
“It is where we have to improve. It is clearly a huge potential in terms of points.”