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Ferrari target championships with a disguised design revolution

Ferrari might have stuck to their guns with their 2022 car philosophy, but their 2023 challenger comes with a host of design features aimed at fighting back against Red Bull, as RacingNews365 technical expert Paolo Filisetti explains...

The launches of both Ferrari and Red Bull have proven that both teams fundamentally believe in the design concepts they brought to the table in 2022, when Formula One dawned on a new era of ground effect technical regulations. A "disguised revolution" was the phrase we used to describe Red Bull's new car in a preview of the RB19 , and this description also fits perfectly for the Ferrari SF-23. In fact, this car perfectly reflects the same philosophy of the F1-75, with the car featuring the signature sculpted, scooped sidepods that stood out on the 2022 design, featuring a series of sinuous gills. Ferrari have remained loyal to the philosophy they introduced last season, but at the same time it is correct to say that every bit of this car has been totally redesigned at conceptual level.

The front wing

Starting at the front wing, the outwash capabilities have been enhanced compared to last year, with a totally different profile of the last flap, abruptly tapering down towards the endplates. Furthermore it was interesting to note the presence of five vortex generators, or diverters, connected between two of the flaps in a similar fashion to the solution that was brought to last season's US Grand Prix by Mercedes and then, deemed illegal by the stewards. The nose tip is connected not on the main profile of the wing, but instead to the second element in a similar fashion to Red Bull. The front suspension layout remains as a push rod setup, but it is worth noting that the steering rod is now placed at the same level as the lower wishbone to increase the aero cleanliness of this area.

The sidepods

The sidepods reveal many subtle changes, which highlight how the packaging of the radiators has changes inside. In particular there are multiple sets of cooling cut-outs on the sculpted top profile of the sidepods, with an additional hot air vent vertically placed at the side of the cockpit. The side profile is tapering more towards the inside, suggesting that the components inside the car are now taking up a smaller volume. There are also other curious features on the car, including additional winglets on top of the engine cover, as well as channels on either side of the cockpit.

The floor

The floor is also totally renewed. First of all, the leading edge of the floor is now placed on a single plane, instead of the two different planes used last season from the French GP onwards. The raised, side edge of the floor features a series of profiles that divert the air flow towards the inner section, avoiding air spillage through the underneath of the car.

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