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Tech insight - Ferrari’s Silverstone updates

11 Jul 2016

Following their engine upgrade in Austria, Ferrari’s engineers and designers continued their bid to close the gap to Mercedes over the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix weekend with a revised aero package on the SF16-H...

At the front of the car, Ferrari altered the wing used last time out in Spielberg (upper drawing) by modifying the endplate (lower drawing). The differences - at the rear - are subtle but important, with the upward sloping shape very similar to that used by Mercedes up until Spain and copied by other teams. Its purpose is to better manage airflow around the front tyres.

Meanwhile, underneath the car we could see these quite new chassis fins (red arrow), far more sculpted shape than the simple horizontal flaps normally seen in this area. Also new were modified brake ducts. The team will have the chance for further on-track development work at this week’s in-season test at Silverstone, where Kimi Raikkonen will be driving alongside young F1 hopeful Charles Leclerc.