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Ferrari trial latest car updates in Maranello filming day

Both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc ran the new parts at Maranello as part of the allocated filming day, ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Ferrari has utilised a filming day at Maranello to test their latest car updates ahead of their introduction at the Austrian Grand Prix.

According to RacingNews365.com Italian sources, Carlos Sainz drove the SF-23 in the morning then Charles Leclerc took over in the afternoon to complete the 100km allowed in the regulations.

Both were testing a new front wing assembly, which takes inspiration from the RB19. It is expected that Ferrari will also debut a new rear wing in Austria.

A new floor was later fitted in the afternoon which features a bargeboard that has reverted the single-step solution. The floor conveyors for the Venturi tunnels also now feature a rounded entrance edge, which is similar to the ones used on the RB19.

Vasseur warns about 'drawing conclusions' after one race

The upgrades have been mainly aimed at improving the drivability of the SF-23, after both Sainz and Leclerc noted a lack of consistency was the main factor hindering their performance in races.

The team pulled off an aggressive tyre strategy to finish fourth and fifth in Canada at one of the toughest tracks on degradation, with Red Bull also fearing their race pace had they started higher up than 10th and 11th on the grid.

Team Principal, Frederic Vassuer, said Ferrari is not getting carried away after positive signs, but believes that it is a step in the right direction.

"We don't have to draw a conclusion about the situation or the season after one race," Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com.

“Montreal is a bit different, it’s a lot about kerbing, the track is green, but it’s true that we are going in the right direction, and I hope that it will be also the case in two weeks now in Austria.”

Ferrari plans to introduce gradual updates throughout the season to close the gap to Red Bull, after Vassuer admitted in Canada that he is not a fan of big upgrade packages.

He explained: "We are trying to keep the same approach we will bring some parts in Maranello, and will try to continue step-by-step. I'm not a big fan of having a big [upgrade] package."

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