Ferrari introduce new front wing to improve downforce in Hungary

Jaden Diaz
20/07/2023

The hopes of the Scuderia di Maranello for the Hungarian weekend are to confirm the progress seen in Canada, Austria and Silverstone , trying to do a better job in terms of executing the work plan.

In fact, Ferrari always lacks the ability and the opportunity to put together free practice without a hitch, a cleanly managed qualifying and a correctly read race.

In short, a weekend for a great team that Frederic Vasseur’s team hasn’t yet demonstrated its ability to do , with the exception of Baku where all the pieces have fallen into the right place and in fact important results have arrived.

A new front wing flap optimise downforce balance in Hungary

Enrico Cardile and the aerodynamics department at Ferrari have not approved any important developments for Budapest, after the SF-23 underwent a rather visible reset in Canada and Austria – the result of the work dating back to pre season.

The evolved SF-23 shown improvements in the management of porpoising and more easily travels with congenial arrangements, deliberated by the simulator.

Thus, in Maranello, it was possible to make the car more predictable and ‘faithful’, giving the drivers more confidence. In Hungary, however, some new adaptations and evolutions will be seen and will be on the new front wing.

The Hungaroring is a circuit that was originally maximum downforce, though in recent years there has been a trend towards medium-high downforce approaches.

Ferrari is presenting the rear wing seen in Montecarlo, currently mounted in the pits , while two different front wing configurations were seen in the pitlane.

The evolution introduced in Austria has been confirmed, but the upper flap is modified.

Compared to the original version, it hasa less steep and more progressive fall, increasing what is the chord of the flap itself, with a greater front load.

In Montecarlo, we remember, the still not evolved SF-23 did not give great sensations to the pilots.

In high-speed stretches the car was severely limited by porpoising , and in slower or prolonged corners the understeer, caused by a weak front end , made the SF-23 slower than its competitors – greatly limiting its performance.

In Maranello, a lot of work was also done for this objective: to obtain more front downforce and to have a better balance between front and rear, especially when it is necessary to seek more aerodynamic downforce.

Authors: Paolo D’Alessandro & Giuliano Duchess
Co-Author: Rosario Giuliana

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