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Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H - playing with the balance

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Bite-size tech: Ferrari SF16-H - playing with the balance
Apr 15, 2016, 4:05 PM

Motorsport.com looks at some of the details of the Ferrari SF16-H cars that will contest the Chinese Grand Prix.

There are no large-scale updates for Ferrari in China but we do have a few images at our disposal to help cover some of the intricacies of the SF16-H that sometimes go unnoticed.

 

Ferrari nose detail
Ferrari nose detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

The nose features a centreline fin to help control airflow as it moves rearward down the car.

We've all seen it before but it only comes into sharp focus now that McLaren has introduced its own, much larger version.

 

Ferrari carbon fibre ballast
Ferrari carbon fibre ballast

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

We covered, albeit briefly, the splitter-mounted crossbow in the Bahrain roundup.

This fresh image confirms that the Scuderia are using the carbon crossbow to traverse a significant chunk of ballast.

It's not the first time we've seen splitter control used and is something many of the teams are currently doing to improve performance, especially in terms of improving tyre life and performance.

 

Ferrari ballast
Ferrari ballast

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

As we can see by the way the engineer is carrying the ballast, it contributes a significant weight to the car and is placed here as it's ideal for weight distribution and centre of gravity.

The team is clearly able to make the minimum weight required by the regulations by some margin.

 

Ferrari SF16-H detail
Ferrari SF16-H detail

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Speaking of ballast, the engineers can be seen changing the amount placed in the front wing in the image above, as they search for better balance around the Shanghai circuit.

Additional reporting by Matt Somerfield

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