How different will the Ferrari F1-75 be in the next round of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the Spanish GP, when the Maranello team will be introducing its first major package of technical updates?
Mattia Binotto, team principal of the Italian side, is always reluctant to give juicy previews to the press when it comes to the technical issues or development updates, as he should be. Looking towards the sixth round of the world championship, the Ferrari boss spoke of significant updates, but when asked if there will be easily visible changes on the F1-75 car, he limited himself to anticipating the introduction of a high-downforce rear wing “.. which is a classic element when you go to Barcelona. I don’t know the color, I’m thinking about it… “.
What seemed like a joke, in reality could be a curious piece of information that the head of the Racing Department has shared for the Italian media, as reported by Motorsport Italy. Ferrari, in fact, in Montmelò could change the type of paint and, perhaps, consequently (slightly) the tone of the color.
The motivation? It’s simple: Ferrari is also trying by any means to reduce the weight of the car in an attempt to reach the limit of 798 kg and, after removing some parts from the wings, has thought of a way in which it could saves about 700 grams from the paint.
The Italian side already has the lightest paint in the paddock, but it can further reduce weight by eliminating the clear coat that gives the red colour the sheen we see today.
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After seeing cars that in some parts have been literally stripped of the paint, such as Red Bull and Williams, the Maranello team remains faithful to its DNA, but allows itself a small change in shade that is barely visible except in certain light conditions which allows a significant weight reduction. The update package that will be brought to Barcelona should be worth a total of 2 or 3 kg in this regard.
The work carried out by the Maranello technicians, therefore, spreads across any area, not just in terms of aerodynamics …
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