Ferrari still tries to make improvement in the tight competitive 2012 season, the Italian F1 outfit not well performed in 2012 campaign, especially they can’t make better qualifying pace. Now they are unveiled the first step of its major new upgrade package at Mugello on Thursday for its planned for Spanish Grand Prix.
Autosport explained about the Ferrari’s new upgrade package – “The very initial items appeared late on Wednesday, when the Brazilian Felipe Massa tried out new turning vanes under the nose. On Thursday morning, it was Fernando Alonso’s turn to give the first laps to a new rear bodywork structure.”
The Autosport technical consultant Gary Anderson said the modification had the potential to bring major gains.
“On the sidepods they’ve put the exhaust pipes into a more conventional position,” explained Anderson. “They are not getting any great degree of benefit, but they’re not getting any negatives either, and I think with a troublesome car that’s the best place to get to. Anderson said.
“Because of the way the letterbox exit for the exhaust was being used for a radiator exit they’ve had to compromise a little. They still have a radiator exit there in the new iteration, but it is much narrower and the coke bottle is much better.
“I think what they have done is a reasonable compromise for where they are. They can exploit it further though by getting rid of the radiator, and I think that will be phase two. He added.
“It’s very difficult to quantify the changes in terms of lap time, but I do believe they lost quite a lot of downforce with the letterbox radiator exit system they had. It just isn’t right to feed low speed air from the radiator into an area where you want high-speed flow.
“Potentially you could be looking at two or three tenths from that one change alone.”
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