Advances in Ferrari’s F1 package disclosed in the Fiorano test

During a filming day at its Fiorano test circuit on Friday, Ferrari unveiled a significant improvement package that would be used in Formula 1's Emilia Romagna GP the following week.

(Motorsports news) Based on a revised approach for the sidepod and engine cover bodywork, the remainder of the SF-24 will also be altered as the team searches for methods to put pressure on Red Bull and stop the threat that a resurgent McLaren package currently poses.

After switching to the underbite sidepod inlet at the beginning of the season, Ferrari now has an overbite arrangement, resembling the design Red Bull will likely use in 2024. While Ferrari’s method is a little more broad, Red Bull has been able to minimize the size of their horizontal entrance.

Comparable to this year’s Alpine and Mercedes, the vertical bypass duct next to the chassis has been combined with the primary inlet to create a single, bigger inlet.

As a result, the bypass duct’s outlet next to the halo’s back leg has been removed, and the winglet located here has been rearranged so that a cobra-shaped vane now dominates the area.

In order to better condition the airflow along the upper surface of the sidepod bodywork, the outboard wing mirror stalk has also been lengthened.

Ferrari’s designers were able to redesign the sidepod’s flank shape and modify its waistline cut to better blend with the floor alongside by introducing a more generous undercut into the overall shape of the sidepod’s bodywork.

The crew had to repackage the SF-24’s internals as well, moving and/or completely redesigning the radiators, coolers, and other power unit ancillaries to fit their new home, no doubt due to the sheer size of these outward alterations.

This has resulted in additional modifications to the engine cover. The louvred panel that was originally located on the shelf-like part of bodywork has been swapped out for a larger, single outlet in the middle of the assembly, and the rear section has been pinched in to allow for the rejection of heat.

Ferrari may have been able to gradually add some of these parts to the vehicle in China and Miami, but the team is aware of the risks associated with the sprint weekend structure and the restricted amount of testing that can be done in those locations.

Ferrari should therefore take a considerably bigger step forward by choosing to provide this full update package at Imola, as it will have more time to evaluate and comprehend its implications.

As long as there is a strong link between the behavior of these new components in real life and what its modeling tools anticipated, this should also position the squad for success in the remaining stages of the season.

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