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Frederic Vasseur

Vassuer explains factor plaguing Ferrari drivers

The Ferrari drivers struggled to match the performance of their rivals as the windy Silverstone Circuit exposed an inherent weakness of their car.

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Ferrari Team Principal Frederic Vasseur has outlined one of the main 'characteristics' that has continued to affect the SF-23.

Several drivers complained the high wind speeds at Silverstone - which reached highs of 8kph gusts on race day - made their cars difficult to drive.

Ferrari introduced updates to their car designed to combat its inconsistencies in high-speed corners after Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz complained that it was too "peaky," affecting their ability to manage the tyres.

Vasseur explained the windy conditions were a factor in the performance and speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com, he said: "It was the same as Miami, but the performance was better than Miami.

"We are focused on this [area] for the development to ensure the car is more stable.

"It looks like we struggled more than some others when we are in the [DRS] train, but it's still a characteristic of the car."

Hungary should suit Ferrari 'on paper'

Ferrari has been stronger at the lower speed circuits where drivers rely more on mechanical grip, with the next event at the Hungaroring offering such solace.

When asked if he thinks the Hungarian Grand Prix venue should suit Ferrari, Vasseur replied: "On paper, yes.

"It's not just a matter of [the] package fitting with the track. The set-up you are doing, the preparation of the weekend, Friday [practice] is key.

"It will be probably even more [key] in Budapest because it's so difficult to overtake."

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