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Ferrari F1: Odds, drivers, team principal & history

Formula 1's most historic team were the only ones to stop Red Bull completing a clean sweep of race victories in 2023, thanks to Carlos Sainz's brilliant win in Singapore.

This season they will look to build on that and while overhauling Red Bull is a very tall task, they will be aiming to at least close the gap significantly.

Team principal Frederic Vasseur
HeadquartersMaranello, Modena, Italy
Driver pairingCharles Leclerc & Carlos Sainz
Last season's finish3rd

Ferrari were pipped to second place in the constructors' championship by three points by Mercedes last season, while Charles Leclerc was the highest-placed Ferrari pilot in the drivers' standings in fifth.

They managed to cut out a lot of the strategic errors and poor reliability that blighted their 2022 campaign, but inconsistency still proved costly. 

Despite Sainz's win, Leclerc had the edge in the championship by six points and while the Monegasque driver inked a contract extension during the winter, it has now been confirmed that Sainz will be making way for seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in 2025.

Here we take a look at Ferrari's prospects for the upcoming F1 season…
 

Ferrari 2024 odds

To win the World Constructors' Championship17/2
To win without Red Bull9/4
To beat McLaren11/8
To beat Mercedes5/6


Key dates

Opening race Bahrain Grand Prix, 2nd March
Home raceItalian Grand Prix, 1st September
Final raceAbu Dhabi Grand Prix, 8th December


Team Principal - Frederic Vasseur

JoinedJanuary 2023
Date of birth 28th May, 1968
NationalityFrench


Drivers

Charles Leclerc

Joined2019
Date of birth16th October, 1997
NationalityMonegasque
Race wins5
Pole positions23

The winner of both the GP3 and Formula 2 series at the first attempt, Leclerc was placed with Sauber for his debut F1 season in 2018, earning a best finish of sixth in Azerbaijan.

Moving up to Ferrari the following year, Leclerc shone. He was robbed by engine trouble of a first victory in the second race of the season in Bahrain and ended the year 24 points ahead of his four-time world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

His 23 pole positions advertise his raw pace, but Leclerc is prone to costly mistakes at crucial moments.
 

Carlos Sainz

Joined2021
Date of birth1st September, 1994
NationalitySpanish
Race wins2
Pole positions5

The son and namesake of the 1992 world rally champion has become something of a journeyman, driving for four teams in his nine-year career.

A solid driver, he picked up seven points finishes in his debut season with Toro Rosso in 2015. After spells at Renault and McLaren, Sainz was hired by Ferrari for the 2021 season, finishing a fine second at Monaco and picking up further podiums in Hungary, Russia and Abu Dhabi.

Sainz earned his first F1 victory in the 2022 British Grand Prix, the day after claiming his first pole position, and the Smooth Operator had the distinction of being the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race last season, with a fantastic victory in Singapore, again from pole position.
 

Last Season's Performance

After an infuriating 2022 in which a potential title challenge was driven off the rails by baffling strategic decisions, poor reliability and driver errors, last season can be seen as a positive one for the Scuderia.

New team boss Frederic Vasseur cut out the chaos and while the car was less competitive than in the previous year, there were plenty of highlights.

As well as Sainz's Singapore win, Leclerc was unlucky with the timing of a safety car in Las Vegas without which he may have won there. Leclerc also claimed four pole positions and Sainz two.

But while the car was inherently quick, the performance dropped off in races as, in common with several Ferraris of recent years, it tended to use up its tyres very quickly. That also meant tracks that are less demanding on rubber suited the car much better and led to inconsistent results throughout the season.
 

This Season's Prospects

Ferrari have been the pre-season buzz thanks to their shock signing of Hamilton from 2025, but while no racing team would ever admit it, their target for 2024 has to be to finish second.

Red Bull have simply too great an advantage given that the rules remain unchanged.

Every team will be racing with a brand new car, though, and while the Ferrari SF-24 has yet to hit the track, simulator results suggest the new machine is an improvement over its predecessor. But so will everyone else's cars.

Prolonging tyre life will presumably be an area of focus as that would make them competitive at a wider range of circuits.
 

Last five seasons

YearConstructors' championshipDrivers' championship
20192nd, 504 pointsCharles Leclerc 4th, 264 points
Sebastian Vettel 5th, 240 points
20206th, 131 pointsCharles Leclerc 8th, 98 points
Sebastian Vettel 13th, 33 points
20213rd, 323.5 pointsCharles Leclerc 7th, 159 points
Carlos Sainz 5th, 164.5 points
20222nd, 554 pointsCharles Leclerc 2nd, 308 points
Carlos Sainz 5th, 246 points
20233rd, 406 pointsCharles Leclerc 5th, 206 points
Carlos Sainz 7th, 200 points

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