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The positive sign 'motivating' Ferrari after Canadian GP

After a better weekend for Ferrari at the Canadian Grand Prix, Team Principal Frederic Vasseur feels that the team will be increasingly motivated by the positive signs over their car development.

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Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur believes that the positive signs over the team's car development at the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix will act as good "motivation" for the squad.

The weekend marked a stronger outing for the Scuderia, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz ending the race in P4 and P5 respectively after making a one-stop strategy work to their favour.

Given that the drivers had started down the order in 10th and 11th on the grid, Vasseur hailed the result as a "good recovery".

"The race was strong with a good strategy, a good drive from the drivers that they didn't push on each other when we had to do good laps in a row," he told the F1 Nation podcast.

Strategy gamble

When asked if he was surprised that Ferrari were the only team to stay out on track during the Safety Car, Vasseur explained: "No, because I think it's always depending of your situation.

"It was the only way for us to do something. The drivers told us before the Safety Car that they had much more pace to come, [so we said], 'Okay, the only way to do something is to find the free air'.

"We told them [to do the] opposite to the others, to try to gamble something, but it was the right call."

Vasseur: We are developing the car in the right direction

Vasseur is reluctant to read too much into what the result means for Ferrari's prospects at the upcoming Austrian Grand Prix, but acknowledges that the outcome has provided a strong boost to the "mood" within the Scuderia.

"It's good that we know that we are developing the car in the right direction," Vasseur added.

"And it's good for the motivation and the mood in the team."

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