Ferrari is ready to test the new floor at the Suzuka circuit: the solution gives the Maranello team some hope of making a good impression in Japan, a track that on paper is more suited to the characteristics of the Red Bull RB18.
The new solution can be easily recognized externally in one aspect: the stiffening rod is now shorter because the anchoring point on the floor has changed. It is no longer at the end of the sidewalk, but it has been moved to the diffuser ramp.
The Maranello technicians worked on the flexibility of the materials and by observing the arrangement of the fibers it can be seen that, with the same design, different values of stiffness of the floor can be used.
Obviously this is the first image that we are able to see in the Suzuka paddock, after Carlos Sainz tested this upgrade at the Fiorano circuit in the “demo test” of just 15 km carried out before the Singapore Grand Prix, but most likely there are also other interventions on the floor of the F1-75 which of course are not visible.
The update was already available last weekend in Marina Bay, but the Ferrari Racing Department felt that the characteristics of the city circuit would not have given a great advantage so they preferred to wait for the Japanese Grand Prix in order to bring the new floor, on a very convincing track like Suzuka.
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The update will be compared tomorrow in the first free practice session by the two drivers and only after the feedback gathered from the track will Ferrari decide whether to use the new floor version for the rest of the weekend or not: the data collected by the Maranello team during the short run on its home track were positive, so it is reasonable to believe that the revised floor could be an useful upgrade in Japan.