How will the Ferrari F1-75 that is presented tomorrow afternoon be? We have already got a first glimpse of how the new livery will look like, after a leaked picture of the car went viral.
But it is certainly not the livery that attracts the attention of the Maranello team’s fans: the Italian side hopes to be able to return to the top in 2022 and fight for race wins with Red Bull and Mercedes, sweeping the memories from the last two years.
The Racing Department technicians stopped the development of the SF21 to early last year in order to devote energy and resources on the 2022 project, so it is reasonable to expect something unconventional, compared to what we have seen so far.
The first thing we know for sure is that the F1-75 has been designed based on a different philosophy than the Haas. Simone Resta’s car has short sides and a descending structure.
If the Ferrari of Enrico Cardile and David Sanchez has embraced a different concept, then we must expect it with the double floor, in the style of the Aston Martin AMR22 which, of course, did not receive particular acclaim, and the Alfa Romeo C42 camouflage which we got the chance to see yesterday at Fiorano in the functional shakedown.
Or did they manage to find a third way in Maranello? According to some indiscretions filtered by the GeS, the F1-75 could give us an interpretation of the 2022 rules that does not align with short elements or double floors.
And what could it be? We were advised to go and look at the 2011 McLaren MP4-26 for the shape of the side elements. Not so much for the outside of the radiators which was in the shape of an L, while on the red car it will be more traditional, placed high above the anti-intrusion cone, as for the trend of the sides with very conspicuous gills arranged on two different levels, because there is an unprecedented side with a central excavation that would have given good results in the wind tunnel.
The space intended for the double floor, in the lower part, seems rather limited, but there is no doubt that the F1-75 will be a car destined to be discussed in the coming days, as we wait for it to make its debut at the Circuit de Catalunya in the first official pre-season testing session.