For Scuderia Ferrari, all preparations are in place for the upcoming 2024 Formula One championship. The technical completion of the 676 project, as far as what will be observed during the Bahrain pre-season testing session at the Sakhir circuit, has been achieved. Key assembly phases for Maranello’s seventieth F1 car have commenced in anticipation of the forthcoming car launch which is set to take place on February 13th.
We should anticipate a car presentation that will be significantly more understated and less theatrical compared to the previous Formula 1 season. Despite a shake-down on the Fiorano circuit, utilizing the initial 15km designated for their ‘filming day,’ the event will be relatively low-key and just online, without fans or the media.
Ferrari 2024: Emphasis on Aerodynamics in the Upper Section of the Car
This year’s project, once again led primarily by Enrico Cardile, did not entirely discard the SF-23’s design and ideas. The chassis, completely overhauled with adjusted sidepods, marks a crucial step, aligning Ferrari more closely with the Red Bull direction—virtually every team follows a similar trajectory.
As previously noted, substantial revisions will be made to the front wing and the undercut on the sidepods. However, these are not the only major areas where the next Ferrari will visually differ from its predecessor.
The upper section of the single-seater has undergone a “modernization” of last year’s aerodynamic concept.
We are not talking about a mere copy-paste of previous tech options. Enrico Cardile’s technicians have diligently worked to integrate a change in philosophy with innovative features.
The bodywork encircling the headrest and roll bar will feature distinctive aerodynamic enhancements.
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A series of fins and flow diverters will redirect air towards the rear, nestled between the beam wing and the spoiler, supported by a mono-pylon. Although not intended to work miracles, these adjustments aim to generate a primarily “local” aerodynamic effect.
Significant innovations and alterations will be apparent in this aspect of the Italian side’s 2024 single-seater. Concerning the bonnet air intake, no major visible differences are expected. The arrangement and layout of the cooling system remain largely unchanged, while the air intake above the rider’s head retains its classic triangular shape.
Consequently, the Maranello team faced no necessity to overhaul this area, making the F1 pre-season crash tests more straightforward to navigate.