Ferrari claims to have discovered the secret behind Red Bull’s dominance, according to Enrico Cardile, the current Technical Director of Chassis & Aerodynamics. According to the engineer from the Maranello-based team, a particular system applied to the braking system would have led to a reduction in the mass weight of the RB19.
Throughout the 2023 Formula 1 championship, Red Bull managed to secure 21 victories out of 22 available races. Only Carlos Sainz prevented the Austrian team from achieving a clean sweep thanks to his win in the Singapore Grand Prix. Now, Ferrari itself believes it has identified the key to success in the area of brake calipers, developed by Red Bull in a way that proved to be winning.
Enrico Cardile, during an interview with the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, mentioned that the use of brake calipers would generally be similar to that of other teams. “I don’t think other teams have smaller calipers. This is a so-called open-source component. If a team changes something, it has to share the CAD design plans with all the others.” – the Italian aerodynamicist pointed out.
However, it was Red Bull that developed a new feature. “Red Bull introduced new technology this year that differs from what we and Mercedes have been using for several years. I think these new calipers bring an advantage in terms of weight,” Enrico Cardile stated.
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Certainly, not everything depends on that. Ferrari had too many problems with the stability of the car, and the sensitivity to the wind did not help the performance of the SF-23.
But Enrico Cardile knows that inspiration must be taken from Red Bull and the fact that it is a car capable of doing everything and adapting to any condition. “They have taught us that it is possible to have an all-around car. The secret lies in hard work and having the right goals. We really hope to learn from them,” concluded Ferrari’s technical director.