Pictures reveal new exhaust system on Ferrari

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Ferrari have adopted an exhaust and diffuser solution similar to Red Bull’s.


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Ecco la Ferrari 150 “Evo” nel test segreto! (Autosprint)

Pictures of the latest aerodynamic update to the Ferrari 150??? Italia show they are running a Red Bull-style exhaust/diffuser combination.

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“Prize for the first UK cinema to confirm they are showing Senna goes to Duke of Yorks in Brighton.”

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Comment of the day

Will we see HRT’s new car at Barcelona today? Oliver puts in a good word for the team:

Four teams were given en entry into F1. The most promising of them all, US F1, didn’t even make it to the grid.

Lotus had sound financing and structure. Manor/Virgin had good funding and structure.

HRT on the other hand were already in shambles a few weeks before the start of last season. [Colin] Kolles rescued the team at the very last minute and gave it a structure, or at the very least, semblance of one.

Since that very moment, they have been putting out little fires at every next turn. It is nothing but will power that is keeping HRT in existence, and I very much appreciate that from he little team.

Where many lesser men will have long since thrown in the towel, Kolles is still battling to succeed at not failing. A noteworthy lesson many should heed.

For that he has earned my admiration.

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Site updates

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F1 Fanatic Live which will be running during all the remaining F1 sessions this year including practice, qualifying and Grands Prix.

We’re taking the first steps with an excellent new system designed by Jamie Atkinson – the brains behind the F1 Fanatic live Twitter app. As it’s the first time it’s been used publicly there may be some problems, in which case please bear with us.

Keep an eye out for the new system making its debut on the site later today.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Icthyes, who I met at the Rainier Schlegelmilch exhibition in London last year, and Les!

On this day in F1

Controversy in Melbourne on this day in 1998 as David Coulthard handed victory in the Australian Grand Prix to team mate Mika Hakkinen after Hakkinen accidentally made an extra pit stop.

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59 comments on “Pictures reveal new exhaust system on Ferrari”

  1. I agree with the comment of the day. Very well put!

    Does anyone know anything more about the Senna movie and whether it’s coming to Australia? I’m almost 100% sure it won’t be coming to a cinema anywhere near me, so I want to know if there will be a special screening in Melbourne during the Grand Prix weekend. I really want to see this in a cinema first! :)

    1. +1!!! almost flew to adelaide to see it, but turns out i double booked the w/e :(

      keenly scanning for any info!

    2. it was on in adelaide last month, there were only 2 screenings and i couldn’t make it to either :(

    3. Selected Grand Prix were shown in Odeon in 2008 – maybe they will do 2011 too?

    4. Damon; check out this tweet from Manish Pandey a couple of weeks ago

      For Australian Senna fans, Ade & Syd screenings are previews with, hopefully, a proper film release in major Aus cities after that

      1. So that means the next chance for Australians to see it will be the Sydney Film Festival in June.

  2. Thank you for implementing a new Twitter for live updates, Keith! I think I emailed in to you for this and am really happy to see it come out!

  3. Just a little message for you Keith.

    You are to be commended for the work you do. You probably get this a lot, but, this is the best site on the web for F1, even better than the official one.

    I look forward to the updates mate.

    You guys are doing a great job. :)

    1. Hear hear!

    2. I think no one disagrees…

  4. It’ll be interesting to see how Ferrari and Red Bull stack up against each other in Melbourne now that they have similar exhausts…

  5. Lotus sure are doing a good job of making lawyers just that lil’ bit wealthier aren’t they

  6. SeattleChris
    8th March 2011, 1:18

    I am not sure if anyone noticed anything in the Ferrari photo, but I sure didn’t. These are pretty distant and grainy photos to make such claims; seems like a headline grabber to me.

    Besides, we already knew where the Ferrari exhausts are exiting and it was in a similar place to the RBR design as well; a few tweaks and they could have the same solution.

    1. Honestly I haven’t been able to see the exhaust exits on the RB7 either. I know what I’m looking for, from the RB7 write up on Scarbs’ blog, but I’ve yet to see a good pic of the RB7 which really showed the exits well, like the nice pics we’ve seen of the Renault exhausts.
      Even in this pic of the RB7 from the rear at Jerez, I can’t see the exits. Maybe that was with the old configuration, but I think they were running the newer configuration by the end of the Valencia tests…

      1. I have seen pics from when the RB7 enters the pits, taken from above, that show the exhausts: they flattened tubes that go over the floor, and that end just inside of the rear wheels, with the floor cut away (with some interestingly shaped cut, no doubt to play with the air); this RB7 on forum page shows quite well.

        In the 2nd pic of the Ferrari you can see a similar thick band running along the floor from the sidepod (starting where the arrow points) to the back. It seems the Ferrari exhausts end a bit earlier than those on the RB7, but it’s a similar principle.

      2. Isn’t it them peeking over the top of the diffuser? I think the one on the left of the pic is more visible.

  7. Happy birthday Icthyes :) And well said Oliver

    1. Yes, happy Birthday to Icthyes and Les!

      1. Thanks guys!

        1. happy birthday!

          1. Happy birthday dude!

      2. Happy birthday to the both of you Icthyes and Les!

    2. Agreed, wishing a very happy birthday to Icthyes and Les!

      1. Sorry I didn’t post this on the day – but happy birthday! :)

  8. Looks like a slightly different front wing as well.

    I think Ferrari are secretly very confident at the moment, and if this exhaust system comes good then I would suggest that they will be the ones to beat in the early part of the season. Very excited for the last test.

    1. I doubt they’ll be faster than Red Bull, but quite possibly evenly matched, with Vettel and Alonso battling for the front row and Massa fighting Webber on the second row. I can’t wait for Melbourne.

      1. True.. I think these two teams are going to be the class of the field for the flyaway races. And I expect Alonso and Vettel to be fighting for pole with Webber and Massa just a few tenths behind. I just cant see any other driver breaking into the top four yet, but I expect Heidfeld and Hamilton to be the closest threats.

        1. Defenitely looks like the trend will be Vettel on pole with Alonso and Webber having a go at beating him to it for the first races.

    nice little vid to get our blood pumping!
    check out liuzzi twitching coming onto the back straight.

    funny that with all this testing, car designs and political gossip, i’d forgot what really matters! racing!

    1. I forgot how chaotic that first lap was. Alonso must have been fuming stuck behind Liuzzi, he was clearly faster but just didn’t have a chance to sneak by.

      1. i doubt he was fuming then, it was only lap 1. but yeah great race.

  10. That dude’s white helmet looks awesome with the Ferrari!

  11. Happy Birthday Icthyes and Les! Hope you enjoy your day :)

    I’m so excited about the new F1F Live Commenting system, sounds very interesting! Looking forward to seeing it :D

    1. Thanks LAK! I second that, can’t wait to see the new system.

  12. I really should go to bed
    I really should not be up waiting for this round up

    I should not be experiencing F1 news withdrawal after reading said round up.

    Damn you Keith!!!

  13. Interesting stuff from Ferrari. McLaren should be taking note!

    1. Oh and Happy Birthday birthday buddy Les!

  14. Anybody in Barcelona seen any sign of HRT pull into the facility yet? I have been feeling all week that we aren’t going to see them. Maybe management is waiting till the last minute to pull out so they can delay the huge penalties from Bernie when they do. Why haven’t they chose a single driver? That part I don’t understand. Are they trying to say that they are weighing the limited options of drivers at their disposal? Why haven’t we at least seen some new livery instead of just a computerized image of a car. There suits surely have been made by now.

    1. Why haven’t they chose a single driver?

      They have… Narain Karthikeyan. He’ll drive both cars. One lap in one car, then he’ll stop and get in the other car, take it for a lap, repeating the process throughout each race.

      It is a bit worrying that there’s been no news of their testing plans for the final test, where they had initially planned to launch their new car.

  15. Pictures of the latest aerodynamic update to the Ferrari 150° Italia show they are running a Red Bull-style exhaust/diffuser combination.

    Fingers crossed that it provides about as much downforce as wet paper towel.

    1. Or an MP4-26

      1. Zing!

      2. You make the mistake of presuming that I am a McLaren fan. I’m not. The only reason I show any support for a McLaren is because I’m a Jenson Button fan. Otherwise, I don’t show any support for a team – though I do keep an eye on Renault and Marussia Virgin.

        1. I can see where you are coming from then. Jenson Button often reminds me of a wet paper towel too ;)

    2. You say that, but a perfectly flat wet paper towel actually sticks to a kitchen work surface pretty well – better than a dry one at least.

  16. Ralph Schumacher
    8th March 2011, 6:10

    haha. Good 1 dane! Hope the McLaren surprises all the pessimists

  17. To an extent I agree with the COTD…but there is such a thing as bowing out gracefully. But i’ll give them a second chance this year.

  18. This is why I was mostly bummed about the first race being cancelled (even though it was rightly so)..

    I don’t WANT the teams to be too well prepared. In the past I thought the best season openings were the ones in which one or more top teams were struggling with speed or reliabilty and smaller teams who’d done their homework had a shot at points or even podiums.
    After two or three races you can always count on the battle being McLaren vs. Ferrari and Benetton/Renault, Williams (remember them?) or recently Brawn and Red Bull. Once everybody settles in most teams will have lost their chances at success, because they can never beat the frontrunners at the development-race.
    I think losing the first race of the year has robbed us of a very interesting weekend.

    1. Snow Donkey
      8th March 2011, 8:16

      Interesting like last year? You’re right, last year melbourne was a great race what with the rain and butto…. oh wait that wasn’t the first race, the first race was that horribly boring spectacle of cars driving around in some corrupt desert sheiks featureless parking lot. Good riddance and bring on Melbourne.

      1. Yep… I agree. Every F1 season should start at Melbourne and end at Brazil.

        1. Agree 100%

      2. You can be forgiven for not remembering the very forgettable race in Bahrain last year!

        1. OK guys, I get it, so last year was probably not a very good example.

    2. Like I said a few days ago, ban pre-season testing and replace them with Monday sessions, that would be interesting ;-)

  19. Happy birthday Les and Icthyes (one of my very favourite fanatics). Hope you both have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you Steph!

      I still remember that 1998 race all these years on, I was given a television for my birthday, thought it was the best thing ever but I insisted I had it the night before so I could watch the GP in the early morning!

  20. Its good news about the Duke of York Cinema. My house is literally about 5 doors down from the cinema. I will definitely be renting a sofa on the balcony and buying a few beers to watch it. :D

    Roll on June!!

  21. Interesting that the picture shows the Ferrari going round a bend yesterday when they were supposed to be doing a straight line aero test……

    1. As far as I know, the FIA has not made it mandatory for a team to have two cranes on either end of the straight to lift and turn the cars so they can do a second test in the opposite direction.

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