The most widely read daily newspaper in Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport, has indicated the concept of the 2017 Ferrari car, although most part of the reports cannot be officially confirmed and for the moment should be considered only as a possibility, yet previously revealed cars from other years have been remarkably close to their final renderings, likely pointing to La Gazzetta dello Sport as being a source which has access to private information within the Maranello team.
The most important details of the 2017 Ferrari car design, as presented by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport include:
– Shark fin engine cover
– A new nose (W07 style)
– Combustion chamber development
– Bigger intercoolers
The mention of ICE development fits in with the latest rumour from Italy that the team are attempting to compensate for the aero issues inherent with the car design. During the last major Formula 1 aerodynamic rule changes, which took place back in 2009, Scuderia Ferrari produced what is arguably the prettiest car on the Formula 1 grid. Unfortunately the F60 was not at all a great car and suffered with poor aerodynamic performance as compared to it’s main rivals, especially Red Bull Racing. Admittedly the inclusion of the then new KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) proved heavy and certainly a hinderance rather than a benefit.
Ever since then, Scuderia Ferrari has been constantly dealing with many issues when attempting to correlate data between their wind tunnel, computer CFD (computational fluid dynamics – ie aero simulation) and real world performance from the track, in the hope that this year things will finally be different and the 2017 Ferrari car will give both drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, the chance to fight for wins with Mercedes and Red Bull, ten years after Scuderia Ferrari won the last driver’s title.