Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis

Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H build-up

A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words and if this one could speak maybe it would have several volumes.

We may be at the end of the season but it is always nice to take the time to look at these kind of images not only because we may have missed something but also because it can prepare us for what is to come.

The SF16-H's floor left unmounted gives us plenty of detail to chew on but it's the items in the foreground that are most useful in discerning how it'll differ from its 2017 counterpart.

The splitter (along with the plank) which is partially hidden by the car stand will be 100mm shorter next year, which will not only have various aerodynamic effects but also have an impact on how ballast is placed within it.

You'll note that just to the splitter's right we find the internal crossbow that the team use to place weights within to achieve the car's measured minimum weight, which is at one of the lowest points of the car, improving its overall centre of gravity.

The multi element bargeboards that can be seen here will also change dramatically next year as the regulations once again permit much larger surfaces, like the ones we saw before 2009.

These should help to protect the floor and sidepods more effectively from the wake that is shed from the front tyre, which will be 25 percent wider itself, and will undoubtedly be an area of intense development throughout the season.

Ferrari SF16-H cockpit detail
Ferrari SF16-H cockpit detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Teams Ferrari
Article type Analysis
Topic Giorgio Piola's F1 technical analysis