The recent race in the Netherlands highlighted the significant technical challenges of the SF-23. Low downforce and suspension with a very narrow window forced Carlos Sainz to race defensively. With the home race in Monza, Ferrari finds a layout more suitable for the characteristics of the SF-23, focusing on efficiency, braking, and traction. There aren’t major updates expected for Monza, but Ferrari might introduce a new specific rear wing for the Italian GP.
The layout of the Monza circuit doesn’t require overly complex setups, but the ability to navigate Lesmo corners with rigid suspensions should not be compromised. Here, Ferrari’s difficulties in handling cornering might come to the fore, challenges that can only be addressed with the 2024 car.
The last track where lower aerodynamic load was needed was Spa, with Ferrari showing to be the second-best car behind Red Bull. For that weekend, the Maranello team introduced a new rear wing design that was quite light to be efficient across different sectors of the track.
According to what Fred Vasseur stated in recent GPs, Ferrari won’t arrive in Monza with significant updates, but rather with elements suited for a “high-speed” track. This could involve a new specific version of the rear wing, one that is more extreme than the one used in Spa. The new wing version might feature a reduced mainplane chord and a shorter flap to minimize drag. This could further emphasize the efficiency of the SF-23’s bodywork.
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This aspect shouldn’t be underestimated in terms of race strategy, allowing Ferrari to defend against Mercedes, Aston Martin, and McLaren. Red Bull need not be considered given their strength with open DRS. Alongside the new wing, a new single-element beam wing might emerge, even more extreme than the one seen in Spa.