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Vasseur sets clear crucial first priority for Ferrari in 2023

The incoming Ferrari boss has a clear initial target in mind after replacing Mattia Binotto.

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New Ferrari Formula 1 boss Frederic Vasseur has pinpointed the first area of improvement the team requires in the 2023 season.

The new SF-23 was launched on Tuesday morning, promptly being driven around the Fiorano track by Charles Leclerc and later by Carlos Sainz in an initial shakedown.

After a promising 2022 season failed to live up to expectations of a title challenge, boss Mattia Binotto resigned and was replaced by Sauber's Vasseur.

And speaking at his first Ferrari function as Team Principal, Vasseur knows immediately where he wants the team to focus.

"I see the priority for everybody is the reliability because that's where you are at this stage of the season," Vasseur told media, including RacingNews365.com, at Fiorano.

"If you don't have the reliability, then you are not able to do these three days [of pre-season testing in Bahrain] and then you start on the wrong foot.

"We have done the mileage we needed to do on the dyno and we are all optimistic, but only [when we are in] Bahrain will tell is where we are in terms of engine performance. So far it is ok.

"The vision that you have for the team, when you are outside of the team, is always a bit different.

"It has been a very short notice for me [to join Ferrari], and I have spent the past four weeks trying to understand exactly what's happened in the team and what happened last year, but I won't draw any conclusions before the first event."

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