Scuderia Ferrari has completed the simulation work with the SF-24 car on the dynamometer at Maranello. The red car was equipped with instruments to gather all the information confirming the project and reliability data. All mechanical parts have endured the stresses they were subjected to, and the Maranello team is gearing up for the presentation on Tuesday, February 13, with an optimistic spirit.
The initial indications are positive. In about ten days of testing on the dynamometer, the SF-24 has already “covered” several thousand kilometers without significant issues and, above all, meeting the goals set by the Maranello technicians during the development of the seventieth car in the Scuderia’s history.
The preparatory work for the presentation of the red car, scheduled for Tuesday at noon, has been completed: the SF-24 is ready to tackle the 15 km of shakedown allowed by the FIA, awaiting its return to the track at the Fiorano circuit for the filming day on Wednesday 14th.
In this case, the work plan will be more extensive because, after the (few) laps necessary for commercial filming, the (many) laps will follow, divided between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, to complete the expected 200 km. It will be Ferrari’s only test before shipping the cars to Bahrain, where the 2024 Formula 1 pre-season testing session will begin at the Sakhir circuit: pre-season testing is scheduled from February 21 to 23, while the opening Grand Prix will take place the following weekend.
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In the Sporting Management, there is confidence in having done the job well: dynamometer testing, where the complete car undergoes very tough tests simulating scheduled GPs, replicating the temperature and humidity conditions that will be faced during the season, stresses the systems and verifies their reliability.
Consider that the SF-24 has been equipped with about 20 kg of sensors and other investigative tools to probe the behavior of the red car before it actually makes its debut on the track. The parameters emerging from the tests have been positive, indicating that the car should be born “healthy.”
All of this doesn’t tell us if it will be able to compete with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, but at least it indicates that the preparation work carried out has been thorough, so the power unit, the new gearbox, the revised cooling system, and the brakes have given positive responses. Now, we await the noon of February 13th…