For the second pre-season testing session, which will take place this week at the Circuit de Catalunya, Scuderia Ferrari is destined to change its looks and its programme: as anticipated by Motorsport Italy, the Maranello team will bring the aerodynamic package with which the Scuderia will compete for the first race of the 2020 Formula One season, in Australia.
However, we should not expect drastic changes on the SF1000: for example, we should not expect a new concept such a more narrow nose, following the design of Mercedes and Red Bull.
Scuderia Ferrari will bring at the Circuit de Catalunya two new wings (front and rear) to increase the downforce (the front one that was used in test 1 was the same as the Reggio Emilia presentation wing), and will use a different engine cover. At the same time, the power unit will be an evolution of that much limited engine with which Ferrari drove in the first three days of testing last week.
And it is by no means excluded that there will be a small intervention on the rear suspension, after the failure that occurred on Kevin Magnussen’s Haas on Friday, when the Dane crashed at turn 7 after a spin due to the breakdown of a carbon kinematic mechanism. Since the suspensions of the VF-20 are the same as those of the Ferrari SF1000 and Alfa Romeo C39, it is normal that the problem has been addressed and solved by the Maranello technical team in order to prevent it from happening again.
The Scuderia, therefore, will now go and attempt to find out what the true potential of the SF1000 is with more direct strategies for the single lap pace, to determine the real value of the 2020 car, a single-seater that has so far raised many doubts.