The brand new Ferrari SF21 makes its monitor debut RaceFans
Ferrari’s new automobile for the 2021 F1 season raced for the primary time in a day of filming on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit.
Charles Leclerc drove the automobile, powered by Ferrari’s upgraded energy unit designated 065/6, to the monitor the place pre-season testing begins tomorrow. He was joined on the monitor for a day of filming by his new teammate Carlos Sainz Jnr.
Ferrari unveiled the automobile, with a putting two-tone livery and a shiny inexperienced sponsor brand on its bonnet, yesterday. The crew paid explicit consideration to enhancing its energy provide, which was the weakest within the discipline final 12 months, and its integration into the SF21 chassis, which is essentially the identical because the one within the SF1000 from final 12 months.
“We have now taken a scientific strategy, with all departments – design, simulation, improvement, monitoring – working collectively to seek out all alternatives for enchancment,” stated crew powertrain supervisor Enrico Gualtieri. “Along with our colleagues on the chassis aspect, we labored so much on the powertrain setup, to make the general design of the automobile as environment friendly as attainable.
“With the inner combustion engine, we centered on rising its thermal effectivity, in collaboration with our companion Shell, which produced an enchancment in lap time which we estimate to be greater than a tenth of a second.
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“We’re additionally persevering with to develop the hybrid system and electronics, with the intention to overhaul and optimize all elements. All this in a season during which powertrain take a look at bench time has been additional diminished. “
The rear of the automobile options a lot tighter packaging in a big method to enhance its aerodynamic efficiency. Its gearbox and rear suspension are new.
“We additionally appeared on the cooling system, rising the effectivity of the central radiator and designed the physique with extra ‘downwashing’,” defined chassis supervisor Enrico Cardile.
“Aerodynamics has been one of many areas affected by regulatory adjustments geared toward lowering the flexibility to generate vertical load, in order to not put an excessive amount of pressure on the tires. That is why, as we began to develop the automobile’s aerodynamics, we set ourselves two objectives: recuperate extra downforce than was misplaced by regulation and scale back drag.
Because of regulatory restrictions on the variety of groups that may change their new vehicles for 2021, the entrance finish of the SF21 is way the identical as final 12 months. Nevertheless, the automobile sports activities a brand new entrance wing and “a brand new nostril idea,” Cardile stated.
Ferrari will be a part of all 10 F1 groups for the primary of three days of pre-season testing in Bahrain tomorrow.
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