The technicians: "We have a common goal: get back to winning" Maranello, 28 January 2010 -- In the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's technicians met the journalists who were curious about the F10's technical details and main ...
The technicians: "We have a common goal: get back to winning"
Maranello, 28 January 2010 -- In the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's technicians met the journalists who were curious about the F10's technical details and main characteristics
The first question was about one of the unknown factors of the new season: the tyres. Aldo Costa, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's technical Director, said: "As far as the tyres are concerned it hasn't happened very often that we came to the first test with a new car with tyres we've never seen before, never used and never tested. This year we're racing after only four tests. We're confident that Bridgestone has done some excellent work, but with changing the compound four tests might not be enough."
Tombazis added: "We also worked to speed up the change of tyres. In the last years the refuelling limited us, but this year this is different, so we worked, regarding the pit stop, on the change of tyres."
Later on there were questions regarding safety, still referring to the tyres, which are now different in size with different compounds. An Italian journalist asked: If there was a safety problem, would you ask the FIA for more test sessions?
Costa answered: "Bridgestone is very interested in the tyre tests and they will analyse their behaviour after the long runs. More weight on the tyres has changed the single-seaters structure; and it's very unusual to start in that sense."
What could be the reason that the F10 will be a very strong car? Costa and Tombazis, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Chief Designer, replied: "We analysed the reasons why we weren't strong enough last year -- car, organisation, approach. The development data regarding aerodynamics, simulator and test stand makes us think that lots of development has been done."
Tombazis was asked about the aerodynamics and the fundamental role the weight displacement played: is it always the best solution to have more downforce in the back? "In aerodynamics rear downforce is harder to find. We're always looking to improve the car's efficiency to improve the performance. As far as the car's set up is concerned we do have some doubts about it, due to the fact that we haven't used the new tyres yet. The KERS is gone, but the minimum weight has been raised. There's more ballast to adjust the weight in case there were problems with the distribution."
"Let's get back to the KERS for a second, In reality last year it worked very well, although it did create a certain deficit on the car's overall package. That fact that it's gone made us lose a performance delta, but by space-saving we gained what we lost with the KERS. The volume of the tank is much bigger than of the KERS."
Luca Marmorini is debuting as the Head of Eniges and Electronics for the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro: a journalist asked him how to recover performance while the engines can't be modified anymore:
"Nobody ever went beyond a certain level with the engines. This year we won't have any refuelling and the motor mechanics went to use the engines in ranges they hadn't thought of before. That's an interesting challenge in terms of performance research in the light of the 2010 rules. The motor mechanic's intervention can be found in the engine's use, because the rules don't allow modifications of internal parts, so it will be really interesting to see the results."
How much does last year's decision - interrupting the development of the 2009 car to start working on the F10 - be an advantage and how much of a responsibility? Costa: "We think that it was necessary to interrupt working on the F60's development, also because we didn't have the possibility to win the Championship. Now we're trying to forget last year and concentrate on 2010. But the decision was strategic, agreed on by the technicians and Stefano Domenicali."
A last question regarding aerodynamics: "A Formula 1 car's Cx can be adjusted much more compared to a road car. The consumption parameter is part of the equation you set up to find the best set up for the perfect downforce, the relation between slow and fast corners; this had that greatest influence on this decision."
Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Ferrari longitudinal gearbox
Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox -- quick shift
Number of gears: 7 +Reverse
Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes
Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear
Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 620 kg
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Number of cylinders: 8
Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium: V 90 degree
Number of valves: 32
Total displacement: 2398 cm3
Piston bore: 98 mm
Weight: > 95 kg
Electronic injection and ignition
Fuel: Shell V-Power
Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra
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