close global

Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • ES-MX
  • US
  • US
F1 winner reveals ONE factor that could open up F1 title race

F1 winner reveals ONE factor that could open up F1 title race

F1 winner reveals ONE factor that could open up F1 title race

F1 winner reveals ONE factor that could open up F1 title race

Race-winning F1 driver David Coulthard suggests that Ferrari's exceptional performance in single-lap pace during the 2023 season could present a challenge to Red Bull's title defence in 2024, provided they enhance their race performance.

Despite Red Bull's overwhelming dominance as world champions, the Maranello-based team secured seven pole positions last season, showcasing their prowess even amidst the enormous dominance of world champions Red Bull.

READ MORE: F1 team eventually reveal car just a day before pre-season testing

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc took five of those, cementing his status as one of the fastest qualifiers on the F1 grid.

However, the 26-year-old was not able to convert any of these five poles into race victories, as Max Verstappen broke multiple records to claim a third successive world championship crown.

Leclerc's team-mate Carlos Sainz did manage to win a race, Ferrari's one and only of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix.

READ MORE: FIA issues major statement on Horner and Red Bull investigation

Red Bull head into 2024 hoping to defend their world championships
Ferrari look to get back to winning ways in 2024
Lewis Hamilton will replace Carlos Sainz at Ferrari in 2025

Red Bull's main title challengers

Heading into the upcoming 2024 season, it's pretty clear that Red Bull and Verstappen are once again favourites to take both the constructors' and drivers' championships, despite the ongoing 'turbulence' at the Milton Keynes-based team.

Ferrari are desperate to prove that they have what it takes to challenge for world championships in the short term, particularly having signed arguably the most successful driver in F1 history onto their roster for 2025.

Now, former Red Bull driver Coulthard believes that they can do that, if they can make gains on their rivals in terms of their race competitiveness.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but you’ve got to believe Ferrari had a strong car last year in terms of single-lap pace,” he told F1.com.

“If they’ve managed to improve on whatever it was that was making their race pace difficult then they are a real contender.

Mercedes were making big strides at the end of the year. McLaren, again, back of the grid in Bahrain, pretty much at the front of the grid in Abu Dhabi, so huge growth during the course of the year.”

READ MORE: AlphaTauri make F1 RETURN after FIA announcement

Related

Red Bull Ferrari 2024 David Coulthard Monaco Grand Prix 2023 season
Hamilton CRASHGATE rival in nice tribute to Ferrari move
Latest F1 News

Hamilton CRASHGATE rival in nice tribute to Ferrari move

  • Yesterday 02:00
F1 pundit warns Sainz AWAY from huge move
Latest F1 News

F1 pundit warns Sainz AWAY from huge move

  • April 15, 2024 16:00
Ontdek het op Google Play