Ferrari: "Extreme" 2020 design aimed at maximum downforce

Ferrari says its new SF1000 car is an "extreme" design, as it hints at a change of focus with its concept.

Ferrari: "Extreme" 2020 design aimed at maximum downforce
Listen to this article

Having gone down a low-drag solution last year, which gave Ferrari an edge at fast tracks but meant it lost out at higher downforce-venues, team principal Mattia Binotto suggested at the team’s launch on Tuesday that a different avenue had been pursued for this year.

“Certainly the regulations remain stable so it is difficult to transform completely the car,” he said.

“The starting point is last year’s car, the SF90, but certainly we’re extreme on all the concepts as much as we could.

“We try to go for maximum aero performance, and try to maximise downforce level, so the entire car, the monocoque, the power unit layout, the gearbox, has been really packaged to have a narrower slim bodyshape. I think that is quite visible.”

Read Also:

As well as the aerodynamic changes, Ferrari has put a lot of work into changing the suspension and power unit.

Binotto added: “We work on all the components. The suspension has been designed to have greater flexibility when being on the race track, so we can adapt the setup to whatever suits the drivers and the circuit.

“We put a lot of effort to keep the weight down. We worked a lot on the power unit, not only for packaging, but we work on each single component to cope as well with the changing technical regulations, where the oil consumption will be reduced by 50 percent “

He added: “It may look very similar to last year but believe me it is completely different to last year. A lot of concepts are very extreme on the car.”

 

Driver Sebastian Vettel described the new car as "an incredible achievement".

"We had the opportunity to obviously see it a little bit before, and to have also a direct comparison with last year's car, and you can really spot the differences, especially when it comes to packaging," he said.
"In the back part of the car everything sits a lot tighter so there's a lot of work behind that, because it's not so easy. So we found some clever solutions to be able to achieve it.

"I can't wait to drive it because that's obviously more exciting than [just] looking at it."

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, Team Principal Ferrari, Ferrari SF1000
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Mattia Binotto, Team Principal Ferrari, Ferrari SF1000
1/15

Photo by: motosport.com

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
2/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
3/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
4/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000
Ferrari SF1000
5/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
6/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 detail
Ferrari SF1000 detail
7/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
8/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 nose detail
Ferrari SF1000 nose detail
9/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
10/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 front suspension detail
Ferrari SF1000 front suspension detail
11/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 halo detail
Ferrari SF1000 halo detail
12/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail
13/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 sidepods detail
Ferrari SF1000 sidepods detail
14/15

Photo by: Ferrari

Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
Ferrari SF1000 rear detail
15/15

Photo by: Ferrari

shares
comments
Gallery: All Ferrari F1 cars since 1950
Previous article

Gallery: All Ferrari F1 cars since 1950

Next article

Gallery: Ferrari’s new SF1000 from all angles

Gallery: Ferrari’s new SF1000 from all angles
Nicholas Latifi: The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Prime

Nicholas Latifi: The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate and devoid of the usual racing driver airs and graces, Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Prime

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Prime

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Prime

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time F1 champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24. And now it’s happening again at his current team

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future Prime

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior.

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Prime

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Prime

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbon fibre? Prime

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbon fibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? Pat Symonds considers the alternatives to carbon fibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022