F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Bringing New Floor to Silverstone
Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) will bring a new floor to the British Grand Prix in a bid to lift its performance in response to the major update packages that MercedesAMG introduced in Austria.
Aerodynamic chiefs at the Maranello Outfit have been working on the new floor design, which should help improve the performance of the SF71H in the kind of high-speed corners experienced at Silverstone.
It is to be used in this Friday’s practice, if it performs well, could be taken through for the remainder of the British GP weekend.
The Scuderia is well aware that a major overhaul of the Mercedes W09 had allowed Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to lock out the front row of the grid at the Bull Ring last weekend.
So it pushed to gets its latest update ready for this weekend at Silverstone, where the Scuderia will have to cope with the thinner-tread Pirelli tires that may suit MercedesAMG more.
Anything that can be done to help the balance of its car can pay dividends on a weekend where unexpected high temperatures could play a factor in tire management.
Red Bull Racing’s boss Christian Horner thinks that a repeat of what we saw in Austria last weekend, where tire strategies were thrown out of the window because of high degradation, could be on the cards this weekend.
“Barcelona and Paul Ricard were both ironically the two tracks where they have had wins at. You can see why Toto Wolff has been campaigning to keep this tire for the rest of the year.
“I think that they [MercedesAMG] will be very strong at Silverstone, but the temperatures if this heat wave continues; we see that these tires are very sensitive to heat. That could be a really interesting variable thrown into the mix.
“Silverstone is always extremes, it either extremely cold, extremely wet or extremely windy, could this year be extremely hot?”