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Ferrari F138 versus F14 T - front view analysis 28 January 2014

This drawing compares Ferrari's 2013 car, the F138 (left), with 2014's new F14 T (right). The F14 T's nose (1) doesn't follow the 'finger' design trend seen on several other 2014 cars, with Ferrari instead preferring a quite wide and flat configuration. The aim is clearly to channel air under the car, with the underside of the chassis following exactly the shape of the top surface, creating a step in the nose (as also seen on Force India's VJM07). This solution means the chassis underside is effectively just as high as in 2013 and allows Ferrari to optimize airflow under the car to better feed the rear diffuser. With the front wing (2) 15cm narrower than in 2013, the more complex endplates (3) have to work much harder to expel air to the outside of the front tyres. The wing assembly seen at the opening pre-season test in Jerez is all new, though another new layout is expected to appear at the subsequent Bahrain tests. For a third season Ferrari have retained pullrod front suspension (4) though with more aerodynamic benefit, adding a small flap to better direct airflow. The car also features new 'bridge' vertical turning vanes (5), while there are new restrictions on the rear wing assembly (6), with no more beam wings and the top wing reduced 2cm in section. Finally the airbox (7) has a new triangular shape.