“Before proceeding with the updates we will first have to solve or at least reduce the porpoising phenomenon”, – Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto underlined at the end of the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which was the Italian side’s first difficult weekend of the 2022 Formula 1 season and one that showed udpates are absolutely necessary in order not to lose ground to title rivals Red Bull.
Ferrari will bring to Miami a modified rear wing for the F1-75 to respond to the top speed shown by the Red Bull RB18 on the straights in these first four stages of the 2022 world championship, but the wing will not be the only update.
As pointed out by Paolo Filisetti in today’s edition of the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Maranello team made the most of the Pirelli tyre testing sessions which took place at the Imola session. Its main purpose was to gather data for Pirelli amid the development process of the 2023 tyres, but Ferrari capitalized on the opportunity to also test a new floor on the F1-75 car of Carlos Sainz, with some modifications on the side edge, equipped with of a sort of skate that would prevent the floor of the car from deforming in the lateral area in front of the rear wheels, a solution similar in concept to that adopted by the Milton Keynes team in the same section of the floor on the Red Bull RB18.
The goal of Ferrari is precisely to counteract the losses on the straight, the porpoising, which in the estimates made by the Maranello technicians through this new floor should occur only at higher speeds further ‘ahead’ in the straights when practically arriving at the stage of braking.
By reducing the bouncing, the tires would also work better, without sudden loss of load and grip, with a lower level of tyre degradation: this woulr bring obvious advantages in terms of set-up and more. If the new floor is sufficient to counteract the aerodynamic rebound, the F1-75 will actually be able to unleash all the enormous potential already hinted at in the first four races of the 2022 Formula 1 championship.
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