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Ferrari's Suzuka showing sets stage for strategic showdown in China

In the wake of a decent performance at Suzuka, Frederic Vasseur, Ferrari's team principal, sees an opening for his team at the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

Ferrari's resurgence this season has placed them as Red Bull's foremost challengers, showcasing significant improvements since winter.

Starting the season with podium finishes in all four rounds, including a stunning one-two finish in Australia, Ferrari's current tally of 120 points secures them a comfortable second place in the constructors' standings, with a 51-point cushion over McLaren.

At the Japanese Grand Prix, drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc showcased their prowess, converting fourth and eighth in qualifying into a podium finish and a fourth-place spot in the race, respectively. 

Vasseur, speaking post-race, emphasized the team's meticulous strategy execution and adept tire management.

"I think everything went very well on Sunday," Vasseur commented. "The strategy was a good one for both cars, the tyre management was under control, the pit stops went well."

Leclerc's ability to stretch a set of medium tires until lap 26 highlighted Ferrari's improved tire management, a significant contrast to previous seasons where tire degradation plagued their performance.

Vasseur acknowledged the team's progress in this area, stating, "I think from the beginning of the season, we are much better on the tyre management and degradation. 

"We worked a lot in the pre-season and we improved massively on the tyre management."

Despite Max Verstappen's dominant victory at Suzuka, Vasseur remains optimistic about Ferrari's prospects, particularly in colder conditions, hinting at a strategic advantage for the upcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

"I think in China we will have the opportunity to be tested in colder conditions," Vasseur remarked. "But I don’t know. I’m not sure if we are in a better shape – you never know about engine settings, the level of fuel."

The F1 Chinese Grand Prix, scheduled as the fifth race of the 2024 season over the weekend of 19-21 April, promises a captivating spectacle. With the introduction of Sprint weekends, drivers will face a condensed schedule, heightening the importance of strategic decision-making. 

The Shanghai International Circuit awaits a thrilling battle over 56 laps, setting the stage for Ferrari's bid to challenge Red Bull's dominance.

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