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Tech Glimpse: Ferrari bring radical upgrades to Sepang

Tech Glimpse: Ferrari bring radical upgrades to Sepang

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The Ferrari Formula 1 team have brought key upgrades for the Malaysian Grand Prix, in their bid to help Vettel recover his 28-point deficit to championship leader Lewis Hamilton following the drama of Singapore. 

If anything, Singapore proved that Ferrari led the way in terms of aerodynamic development and chassis superiority, as Sebastian Vettel qualified 0.5s ahead of lead Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whilst Raikkonen also managed to stay ahead of both the Silver Arrows.

Despite a slight advantage downforce-wise, unfortunately for Ferrari, there aren’t any Singapore-like circuits remaining on the calendar that would outright benefit the Scuderia – which has meant that they have to give it a huge development boost at Maranello to try and stop Hamilton dominating the rest of 2017 after three consecutive victories.

Bargeboards

Ferrari brought new, radical bargeboards to the Malaysian Grand Prix, which were exposed during setup day ahead of Friday running.

In addition to the two elements that the Ferrari Formula 1 team had been running since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, a third ‘mini’ element has now been introduced. This component is expected to outright better performance, rather than a cooling system that many teams are brining to cope with the heat of Malaysia.

Moreover, at the lower side of the new bargeboard, the team have introduced a new comb-like component, all — including the third component — is expected to better the cars ability to filter air as well as better redirect turbulent air.

Airbox

The Ferrari team has introduced a new airbox design to cope with the cooling requirements of Malaysia.

Three-time F1 world champion and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton claims the race in Sepang is the “hardest”, with one of the reasons being the heat present. Therefore, teams must make further compromises by introducing cooling packages, which will allow them to run flat-out for a longer period of time.

Traditionally, particularly this year, the Ferrari Formula 1 team has done a better job when it comes to cooling than their title rivals Mercedes, and this has been eminent from the cooling packages the Maranello team have run right from winter testing in Barcelona.