Latest updates on Scuderia Ferrari’s 2019 car, according to Motorsport Italy:
The 2019 Ferrari car might have a longer wheelbase due to the larger fuel tank (5kg more fuel is allowed), while Mercedes will try to work on the rear end to keep the same wheelbase length as in 2018 despite the larger fuel tank.
“Ferrari project leader Enrico Cardile and chief aerodynamicist David Sanchez have pushed for the 2019 car to have a slightly longer transmission, moving the engine away from the rear wheels and have an even more extreme rear end. At the same time, the new radiators are arranged in a different way, thus improving the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. In short, the 5 kg more fuel addition could have affected the 2019 Ferrari car more than you think.” – reports Motorsport Italy.
Speaking at a Ferrari event, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene confirmed that the launch date for the new 2019 Ferrari F1 car will be February 15th. This is three days before the pre-season test days get underway in Barcelona. The official chassis designation is traditionally not revealed until close to the car reveal, with the car being given the internal code of ‘Project 670’.
While most teams co-ordinate amongst themselves to ensure there are no clashes of launch times, Ferrari have typically struck out on their own. This early date announcement thus makes life easier for the other teams should they wish to not clash with the same date as one of Formula 1’s biggest teams.