As per regulation, the power units of Formula 1 cars cannot roar on the track during the winter break and are limited to doing so only on the test bench, given the impossibility of carrying out testing sessions on the circuits. And so, as in the case each season especially at the end of the year, there is a succession of rumors about the possible innovations that the teams have been working on for the next project, waiting to reveal the design of the new single-seaters in February.
Despite the silence from Scuderia Ferrari since the end of the championship – the only official statements in fact are those of the press releases that announced the resignation of Mattia Binotto and the appointment of Fred Vasseur as Ferrari team principal, alongside the interview given by Charles Leclerc at the FIA Gala -, some rumours from inside Maranello have leaked regarding project ‘675’, as we wait for the official name of the new car that will be unveiled at the presentation scheduled to take place on February 14th.
Former Ferrari press officer Alberto Antonini, in a recent article for FormulaPassion.it, recounted that in the second week of January the assembly process of the car will begin, adding pieces around the fuel tank, for a single-seater that will be derived from the F1-75 in terms of designs and concepts, but streamlined in several key points. This information was also confirmed in today’s edition of the Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, in an article written by Paolo Filisetti.
For the Italian newspaper, the conformation of the sides will in fact see a profound narrowing towards the rear, in the area called ‘Coca Cola’. The intervention will follow “a configuration partially borrowed from the Red Bull RB18”, with “a horizontal section that will extend up above the elements of the rear suspension”. The lower profile of the sidepods will see the step between their vertical section and the sidewalk highlighted more profoundly, following “the principle of the ‘double floor’ masterfully interpreted on the RB18”. The gearbox will then be totally redone, “to allow the adaptation of the diffuser throat height that will also be raised compared to the Venturi channels”, while for the power unit the work on the bench is “promising”, and there is talk of a power increase of about 15 HP.
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