Scuderia Ferrari concluded the 2023 Formula One season on an upward trajectory but fell short of bridging the gap to Red Bull or securing the second position in the constructors’ standings.
What kind of Ferrari can we expect in 2024? Based on the recently archived season, SkySportF1 analyst Matteo Bobbi has outlined how the new single-seater, part of the “676” F1 project, might look.
Matteo Bobbi’s analysis of the upcoming Ferrari:
“The 2023 season sees Ferrari on the rise, especially evident in the performance in the last circuits. While it’s challenging to predict how the Scuderia’s cars will look in 2024, it’s plausible to think that they could address certain aspects and try to build upon what has worked well. Below, we analyze some of these aspects, emphasizing that our approach is somewhat… closing our eyes and trying to imagine the changes based on what happened until Abu Dhabi.”
“This year, Ferrari introduced several novelties, notably altering the sidepod entry and the floor area. Red Bull had previously worked on this aspect, presenting an extremely pronounced underframe for its cars. Ferrari decided to follow in the same direction, encountering a significant limitation.”
“However, the Scuderia couldn’t achieve the desired effect due to the position of the intrusion cone in its cars. Moving it would require the reconstruction of the chassis, an undoubtedly too costly operation, especially during the ongoing season. Looking ahead to the next season, one can expect to see the intrusion cone placed in another position to create a larger underframe.”
“Several teams this year introduced sidepods that tend to push the flows downward at the rear end of the floor. This is certainly an aspect that can be introduced in Ferrari from 2024. The Red car, particularly in the previous season and at the beginning of this one, tended to seek the same result using the upper part of the sidepod through basins.”
“The geometry of the suspensions might change, whether only at the rear or also at the front. Once again, the Red Bull model sets the example: the Anglo-Austrian team uses a ‘Pull rod’ suspension at the front, while Ferrari has used a ‘Push rod’ suspension until now. If the suspension type doesn’t change, they might still feature a much more pronounced anti-dive geometry.”
“Finally, regarding the floor, I imagine it with different characteristics. The one shown in the image worked very well at specific heights but much less when these varied. So, I expect a less sensitive floor, with shallower grooves and more slope variations throughout the floor.”
Dec 8, 2023
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