Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said the team’s new SF1000, launched yesterday, featured some “extreme concepts” as the team bids to end Mercedes’ six-year domination of Formula 1.
“The SF1000 [has] the SF90 of last year as a starting point,” said Binotto. “The regulations have [remained] stable this year.”
The main areas in which the car diverges from its predecessor are where Ferrari has tried to improve the peak downforce the car can generate, which was a weakness for the team last year.
“The entire project has been trying to get as much aero performance as possible, certainly in terms of downforce level,” said Binotto. “The entire chassis, monocoque, gearbox, power unit packaging has been designed so as to have a very narrow car and a very narrow shape, body shape.”
“The suspension have been reviewed to give us some more flexibility at the race track in terms of set-up,” Binotto added.
Several of these changes can be seen in the comparison images below, notably the slimmer rear end of the car and reshaped sidepods. But inevitably many of the key differences lie beneath the skin.
“The internal combustion engine architecture has been changed as well,” said Binotto. “The combustion chamber, to cope as well with the new regulation where the oil consumption has been reduced by half.
“So a lot of work has been done on that car, which in a way is a very extreme car compared to the car of last year.”
Use the sliders below to transition between images of the 2020 and 2019 Ferrari F1 cars.
Note these images may have been altered for ease of comparison and should not be used as a reference for measurements.
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