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The optimism about Ferrari.

This post was contributed by Henk Ormel, who has been a much beloved member of our community at Wheel Sports and an incredibly insightful eye for feedback on technical matters.

It is now post Bahrain GP. Seeing the car in motion i don’t share that optimism. It seems to me the car is just like last year’s draggy and quite unbalanced. At speed the car runs quite low at the rear axle. This is partly explainable by a reasonable compliant rear suspension to aid the mechanical grip.

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The other part is the downforce producing sidepods. Most other teams are using lift producing (down washing) sidepods. Those are generating a lot less drag and power up the diffuser. Therefore the Ferrari does need more power to reach the same speed as their competition does. Reliability issues do have a source.

It seems the spirit of Enzo Ferrari is still wandering the premises of Maranello. He said once in the 60’s “People who need aerodynamics to win can’t build proper engines”. Ferrari did choose in recent history mostly for draggy high downforce concepts. Only the 2021 car was somewhat off an exception due to the (presumably) engine penalty off 2020 in reaction to the engine TD off COTA 2019.

Anyway, i am starting to rant again. In my opinion the drag penalty the SF23 is carrying is too heavy. The PU’s are not able to overcome this reliably tru the season with this allocation. The same did happen last year.