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The stoppage in the formula 1due to the cancellation of the Russian GP, was good for Ferrari. The team took time to calmly analyze the data collected at Monza, extracting useful indications for the development of the F1-75 for the later part of the season.
The pole position of Charles Leclerc and second place for the Monegasque fueled hopes that the car could once again be the protagonist before the end of the season, earning another victory, to break the Dutchman’s RB18 streak.
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The telemetry analysis gave unexpected results: Carlos Sainz, in the comparative tests carried out at Monza in the first free practice, had not found great differences in performance between the latest floor (France) and the previous one, and on a track like the “temple of speed” that prefers aerodynamic efficiency to downforce and which led the team’s engineers to improve the new tread, leaving the previous one at home.
The choice was correct, but it is not certain that it will be as correct as in Singapore, where it will be essential to have the F1-75 with maximum downforce, dusting off the wings seen at the Monaco GP. Marina Bay, by the way, is an urban track where it is essential to explore one of the characteristics of the red car, the traction.
As anticipated by motorsport.comFerrari will bring a pack of updates to the next race: the main change concerns the underside, which has been revised in some respects.
Some changes are expected at the mouth of the Venturi tunnel: having gone in the direction of the concepts introduced by the Red Bull RB18 to reduce aerodynamic drag in the pursuit of top speeds obviously penalized the red car, which worsened significantly.
To extract the maximum potential, they must be able to count on a wide tire usage window. The F1-75 started the season being the friendliest car with tyres, losing this characteristic especially after the Hungarian GP.
In qualis, Ferrari was very fast (10 poles: eight by Leclerc and two by Sainz), but in the race, the wear of the tires with the different compounds became more noticeable than that of Red Bull and even that of Mercedes in certain clues.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
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The introduction of technical directive 39 by the FIA undoubtedly contributed to altering the balance, but the engineers at Maranello were not resigned to finding answers to the unexpected failure of Hungary, where Ferrari went for a one-two, and reaped a disappointing failure. that undermined his title claims.
And in the Hungarian race, the logarithm to constrain the porpoising effect, the aerodynamic wobble metric, which imposes a maximum value of chassis wobble since Spa-Francorchamps, was active, but only to allow teams to take measurements because it had no value. regulatory.
At Maranello, therefore, they worked hard to return the F1-75 to its excellence.
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Our sources confirmed the test, explaining that Ferrari needed to race ahead of the imminent arrival of a new partner to be announced soon. The occasion, however, would not have stopped them from collecting data to verify the correlation between the wind tunnel and simulation systems with the maximum downforce package designed for Singapore.
Ferrari, therefore, returns to the track with the ambition to aspire to the big goal, picking up in Marina Bay a thread that dates back to 2019, when the Scuderia celebrated a one-two with Sebastian Vettel ahead of Charles Leclerc. Afterwards, F1 had to forgo the trip to Singapore due to the pandemic, but a return to the night racing city could work in its favor.