Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the team has adopted “extreme concepts” in its new car for the 2020 F1 season.
“The regulations have remained stable so it’s difficult really to transform completely the car,” said Binotto at the presentation of the new SF1000. “The starting point of that car is the one of last year, the SF90.
“But certainly we have been extreme on all the concepts as much as we could. We developed the car, tried to look for the maximum aero performance as first trying to maximise the downforce level.
“So the entire car, the monocoque, the power unit layout, the gearbox, has been really packaged in a way to have a very narrow and slim body shape. I think that’s quite visible on it.”
Ferrari has also revised the design of its suspension in a bid to give its drivers a greater range of set-up options from track to track.
[smr2020test]”The suspension has been designed to have greater flexibility when being on the race track for the set-up,” said Binotto. “I think obviously trying to adapt the set-up to whatever best suits the two drivers whatever the circuit.”
While the car is based on last year’s design, Binotto says the finished product is considerably different to the SF90.
“We put a lot of effort to keep the weight down. We’ve worked a lot on the power unit, not only for packaging, but we worked on each single component, try obviously to improve the performance but to cope as well with changing technical regulations where the oil consumption will be reduced by 50%.
“So it may look very similar to last year but believe me it’s completely different to the one of last year and a lot of concepts are very extreme on that car.”
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