Ferrari, a widely recognized name in the motor racing world, unleashed their 2023 car notable for its exceptional performances during qualifying sessions. However, the car’s level of performance has showcased a series of inconsistencies across varying race distances and in different grand prix weekends.
The inconsistency displayed, widely attributed to the SF-23‘s aerodynamic makeup, has somewhat hampered Ferrari‘s competitiveness against major rivals Mercedes and Aston Martin. Ferrari, in their bid to secure the second spot in the championship, has found themselves trailing behind the dominant Red Bulls, winding up in fourth place as the season progresses.
Ferrari‘s Head of Chassis Enrico Cardile elucidated on the issues at Zandvoort, sharing, “For us, it’s crystal clear what we did wrong with the car and which are the weaknesses.” Rather than discovering what needs to change, Cardile emphasized the team’s focus is on executing and ensuring the production of a future car capable of reaching their set goals.
The 2023 vehicle was targeted to be a refined version of the prior year’s F1-75 machine. However, the current challenges have led the team to embark on a revamp in time for next year, with the promise of a “brand-new” vehicle.
Explaining the projected changes, Cardile revealed, “It will be very different because developing this year’s car we realized that some architectural choice we did was not right. It was constraining too much the development.” He concluded, “Next year’s car will not be an evolution of this year’s car like this year’s car has been compared to last year’s car.”
A new design strategy is in place for next year’s car. Ferrari will incorporate a different chassis and rear end, providing more freedom for further developments to help accomplish their objectives.
Ferrari‘s endeavor to rectify these issues is still ongoing, with updates being released through the next couple of races. Meanwhile, the design team has already redirected its attention to the 2024 project.
Highlighting the intense dedication to this year’s car, Cardile expressed, “It has been crucial for us to put a lot of effort into this year’s car to better understand where the weaknesses were coming from and how to do a better job.” The team continues to work on fine-tuning their operation and improving the car’s performance in the coming year.