F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Brings Updated Racer to Spa
Thursday, Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) revealed detailed updates to its SF70H racer for the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps track.
The Scuderia has struggled to match MercedesAMG racers on high-speed circuits like Spa, we will hold see if MBZAMG has the edge when the F1 season resumes at the weekend.
But after its 1-2 finish in Hungary last time out, Ferrari is determined remedy that situation with some Key tweaks after the Summer break.
Ferrari will be running with a new front suspension featuring a 3rd damper.
The Scuderia tested his new configuration post-Hungarian Grand Prix with the Team making the changes in a bid to help better manage its ride-height and rake angle.
There is a new 3rd shock absorber as well as a larger and more threaded spring + numerous components that are likely intended to help gather data during Friday practice.
The Ferrari Team hopes that better management of the rake angle will help produce a lower drag for Spa’s long straights without compromising its cornering performance.
As well as the changes to the suspension, Ferrari made some Key revisions to its wings and floor as well.
The front wing and the endplate have been re-profiled to make it better suited for the lower drag demands of Spa, while at the rear of the car there is a new configuration of holes ahead of the rear wheels.
Instead of the 7 holes that were present in Hungary, SF70H will be running with 6 holes this weekend + the addition of an extra bodywork handle element similar to that which MercedesAMG has been using since the Spanish Grand Prix.
Lead shoe, Sebastian Vettel hopes that the improvements Ferrari has made, along with the aggressive choice of tires Pirelli is bringing, should deliver the Team a better result than it produced at the British Grand Prix in July.
“If we had to race at Silverstone again, we would do a lot better,” Mr. Vettel said. “We just didn’t get a good weekend all together. It’s true Mercedes was very strong there. The fact that it’s likely to be similar here obviously for us makes it fairly straightforward.
“I think we have only to gain. Because of how strong they were at Silverstone and some similarities, they are the favorites going into here. But we don’t want to settle behind them, we want to attack.”
Some Belgian Grand Prix Numbers
This the 73rd Belgian GP will be the 50th to be held at Spa-Francorchamps, joining Monza, Monaco and Silverstone in the 50’s club.
Spa is also the longest circuit on the calendar at 7.004 kilometres, 1.001km more than Baku, but last year the top three in Q3 were separated by just 0.166 seconds, and the top 20 in Q1 by 1.333s showing that a 7km lap can be close.
Nobody has ever won the race from 4th on the grid in the 49 Belgian GPs run. Since Y 2000, only Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso have stood on the podium from 4th place, in Y’s 2000 and 2005, respectively.
Mr. Alonso gave Ferrari their last podium finish in the Belgian GP, finishing 2nd in Y 2013. In the hybrid era, Williams and Lotus have had as many podiums at Spa as Ferrari.
2017 Belgian Grand Prix – Facts and Figures
Track: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Lap Record: Sebastian Vettel 1:47.263 (2009)
Tire Compounds: Ultra-Soft/Super-Soft/Soft
2016 Winner: Nico Rosberg (MercedesAMG)
2016 Pole Position: Nico Rosberg (MercedesAMG) 1:46.744
2016 Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton (MercedesAMG) 1:51.583
DRS Zone: T19 to T1, T4 to T5
2017 Belgian Grand Prix – TV/Stream Times