Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has revealed a change in design philosophy for the team’s 2020 challenger, with a greater emphasis on cornering at the expense of some straight-line speed.
As reported by f1technical.net, the Formula 1 titans have opted for a fundamental “reshaping” of the car that raced in 2019, after suffering from inconsistent pace throughout the season.
“Our car next year is aiming for a lot more downforce. And by having more downforce, [it will produce] more drag. We are not expecting to be as far [ahead] on the straight as we have been,” stated Binotto.
While undeniably fastest at tracks like Bahrain, Austria, Spa and Monza in 2019, there were also too many circuits where the SF90’s weakness in medium-speed corners were exposed, with Binotto offering Abu Dhabi as a prime example of the balance issues the car suffered from.
That said, the power unit has not been neglected either.
“We have changed, by quite a lot, our power unit, in terms of architecture, the cylinder,” revealed Binotto.
After three years of challenging Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes with no success, the expectation both in- and outside the Ferrari garage is that things will be different in 2020, even as rumours persist that the car’s development has been fraught with issues. Whatever the truth may be, there are only a little over two weeks until its reveal on February 11, eight days before the first test in Barcelona.