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Frederic Vasseur

Vasseur: Ferrari need 'clear picture' on where team are 'failing'

Ferrari were set for a podium finish with Charles Leclerc in the Bahrain Grand Prix until he suffered a car failure.

Leclerc Bahrain
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Ferrari team boss Frederic Vasseur believes the team need to achieve a "clear picture" on where they are "failing" after Charles Leclerc's Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix retirement.

Leclerc was set for a comfortable third place in the season-opening race in Bahrain, but suffered a power shutdown on Lap 47, putting him out as Ferrari's 2022 reliability gremlins struck again.

The Monegasque was also forced into changing the Energy Store and Control Electronics before the race, leaving new Ferrari chief Vasseur adamant that the team need to get to grips with their reliability.

Vasseur reflects on DNF

"It's never good to start with a DNF," Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com, in Bahrain.

"I would have preferred to finish for sure, but now I want to stay consistent in my position.

"I told the team before one or two weeks ago that the championship won't be over in Bahrain because of the results.

"The case was true today that the team experienced an opposite situation to the best, but the most important thing now is to able to have a clearer picture of the situation and where we are failing."

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Close to Red Bull

Despite the disappointment of Leclerc's DNF, Vasseur was keen to play up Ferrari's strengths and pace relative to Red Bull.

"Overall, the picture is not the one we expected before the race," he said.

"We want to summarise the situation and with the quali pace, we are there, we are matching Red Bull, it was a positive point.

"Now we have to be fully realistic. If we want to improve the situation, the reality is that we want to win races, we need a clean sheet on the weekend."

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