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F1 tech race: How Ferrari now follows Mercedes’ lead of 2017

Ferrari arrived in Singapore with two victories under its belt in as many races and a spring in its step. However, those victories were recorded at tracks that suited its low-drag characteristics, so how did it then pull off a win at the street circuit? The Marina Bay circuit offered a completely different test of the car’s abilities, a high-downforce and bumpy street track that requires a setup firmly at the other end of the spectrum. So, what was new on the SF90 and how did it help the team overcome its issues in such spectacular style? Let us investigate, beginning with the ‘cape’ nose solution… Ferrari SF90, front wing comparison Photo by: Giorgio Piola Ferrari arrived in Singapore with...

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Singapore GP Comments

The Singapore GP was an extremely important race for Ferrari and for Formula 1. Besides the three consecutive victories for the Maranello team, what is relevant is where this last victory took place. Singapore is a track with similar characteristics as Hungary, where Ferrari (if you remember) was a minute behind the Mercedes. Ferrari arrived to Singapore with an aerodynamic package that revolutionized the SF90: New nose, new turning vanes under the chassis, new diffuser, new front and rear wing etc. The car at Marina Bay, was almost an entirely different car than the one that won at Spa and Monza. This is very important as this is the first time this season that Ferrari reacts positively with their the...

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Singapore GP: Latest F1 tech updates, straight from pitlane

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the Formula 1 technical updates on show in the Marina Bay pit-lane at the Singapore Grand Prix, giving insight into the relentless development undertaken by the teams in pursuit of more performance. Ferrari SF90 nose Photo by: Giorgio Piola Ferrari has arrived in Singapore with an adaptation of the cape design seen elsewhere on the grid over the last couple of seasons. The nose structure itself remains largely unchanged but the cape, which will influence the movement of air around the structure, has been incorporated into it. Ferrari SF90 Art Print Ferrari SF90, front wing Photo by: Giorgio Piola Both nose solutions available to Ferrari in Singapore, the newest of which is at...

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Marina Bay Street Circuit

The race this Sunday at Marina Bay Street Circuit will definitely be a challenge for the drivers.  Here at the technically demanding Singapore GP, drivers can almost literally feel the walls closing in on them due to the way the track is set up. This can really increase the stress levels the drivers experience, inducing a pressure cooker like atmosphere with the drivers enduring extreme humidity and temperatures of about 50C.  The track features more than 20 curves, allowing little time for drivers to relax, while favoring the more technically developed cars such as Mercedes. All signs point to an intense battle between the likes of Hamilton and Verstappen, with little hope for the back-to-back winner Charles Leclerc and his...

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Tech verdict: How Ferrari got it so right in Spa and Monza

Ferrari’s back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy saw the team capitalize on the SF90’s more aerodynamically efficient design philosophy, but that’s not to say it didn’t have to make further adjustments to usurp its adversaries. We investigate how Ferrari got back on top with the help of Giorgio Piola’s latest illustrations. Ferrari SF90 rear wing detail Photo by: Giorgio Piola Ferrari chose to run a relatively conventional lower downforce rear wing arrangement for the Belgian GP, rather than the spoon shaped rear wing we’ve seen it favour in the past. It’s a decision that would not only boost straight-line speed but also help to keep rivals at arm’s length through the more demanding middle sector. Ferrari SF90 rear wing Photo...

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