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Ferrari

Leclerc and Sainz detail what they want from new Ferrari

The Scuderia will be hoping to improve upon third in the Constructors' standings from last season.

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Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have underlined what they hope to discover when hitting the track in the new SF-24 in anger.

The Scuderia finished third in the F1 Constructors' standings last season despite being the only team to get in the way of Red Bull securing a whitewash of victories across the campaign.

Leclerc was able to take a number of pole positions, especially late in the year, as Ferrari proved it had a strong base concept but, as the Spanish Grand Prix proved in particular, a change of conditions often led to trouble.

On where he hoped to find the most improvement with the new car, which was revealed on Tuesday [February 13], Leclerc explained: "The main area we have to work on is the sensitivity to the change of conditions.

"We had a very peaky car last year where it was very strong whenever we had all the perfect conditions, but whenever we had one of these factors - whether it was temperature, wind speed or direction - it would have a huge impact on our car.

"This we wanted to change to make it better and easier to drive whenever it was windy conditions and this is something I would like to see change."

Struggled with predictability

Sainz's Singapore Grand Prix victory was the only non-Red Bull triumph of the season, yet with Leclerc extending his stay at Maranello and the announcement of Lewis Hamilton's switch from Mercedes for next year, the Spaniard enters his final term with Ferrari.

Echoing Leclerc's thoughts on improvements to be made, Sainz said: "My main intention is simply for the car to be a bit more driveable, have a wider window of performance.

"Last year, it is true that we struggled in certain conditions and we were not as strong as we should have been while the car, in others, was very strong.

"We struggled a bit with predictability at the beginning of the year, we managed to improve it as the season went on.

"So just having a wider window of performance, hopefully, that will make our races a bit easier."

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