Ferrari does not agree with a technical trick from Mercedes and Red Bull. The Formula 1 2017 has its first technology dispute.
It was the big story to kick off the New Year: Ferraris inquiry about the legality of a hydraulic damper system which Mercedes use and Red Bull since the last year. Ferrari chief designer Simone Resta asked Racing Director, Charlie Whiting, to what extent an extreme version of this mechanism was legal. The hydraulic damper should make sure that the car jumps less strongly over ground waves and notches and is thus quieter. Thus, the tire use is also to be improved.
Ferrari wanted to know if kinetic energy of the damper must be stored so that the third suspension member can position the car aerodynamically perfect now. Whitings Answer: no! This does not mean that Mercedes and Red Bull have to expand their systems. The mechanism is legal as long as no energy is stored in order to optimally align the car aerodynamically.
On the Internet it is now speculated that Ferrari wanted to shorten the delay on Red Bull and Mercedes with a requested ban of the suspension variant. The Scuderia has only succeeded in part: Red Bull is no longer allowed to change the angle of attack of his car via dampers and "do not use 100%", says the team.
The interpretation from Italy, however, is different. The technicians around Simone Resta wanted to see how far they can actually go with the system. Background: The engineers plan an extremely aggressive version of the suspension and therefore explore the limits of the permissible.
According to AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT, Ferrari is also planning a so-called S-shaft for the model with the number 668, which directs air through the nose and prevents the airflow from tearing (see drawing). The latest legal version had in 2016 among others Mercedes and Toro Rosso. In addition, the position of the mirrors becomes critical. Reason: The visibility is restricted because of the lower tail wing.
And: Although increases the maximum width of the body, the side pods probably remain as narrow as in 2016. Background: Due to the wide tires , the air flow is in this area anyway disturbed so that a widening of the car is not worth for aerodynamic reasons.
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