The 2017 season is going to be revolutionary due to the significant changes in the shapes and performances of the cars, but Ferrari is looking for revenge after a rough year and will go even more innovative, as Italian journalist Franco Nugnes reported.
The SF16-H made an impact at its unveiling thanks to the returning white stripes on the livery, but the pattern is set to be ditched. In fact, white has often been associated with bad luck according to the Maranello-based outfit and the debacle from the previous campaign certainly played a key-role in such change.
Ferrari also suffered a major brain drain throughout 2016, starting from James Allison parting ways with the team in June. Following his departure, Mattia Binotto overtook the role of chief technical officer at a very critical stage of the season. Although the Italian press suggested there was no chance to develop an encouraging project, a number of insiders felt Allison imprinted an ineffective pyramidal structure.
After Allison’s departure, the team opted for a more horizontal organisation and did not sign a big name, following the footsteps of McLaren. However, it is clear that the lack of available candidates in a short span of time triggered such decision. Mercedes’ outgoing Paddy Lowe and Aldo Costa, whose contract expires in 2018, have been linked to Ferrari for a hypothetical comeback, but the gardening leave would rule them both out for 2017 and 2018 as well.
Even though 2017’s innovations do not orbit around the engine, it is understood that Ferrari went for a new power unit concept. The 062/2 embodies the hope to turn the page on 2016 by correcting all major mistakes. Thierry Baritaud, the new head of ERS, optimised the use of MGU-H – which should highly increase the efficiency of the hybrid systems and reduce any possibility of reliability trouble.
Ferrari will apply a new multi-jet ignition system in the combustion chamber and will also radically modify the gearbox, which was unable to maximise traction at the rear axle. Concerning the front suspension, the main paradigm is going to be Mercedes.
Moreover, the wind tunnel model of the 668 - codename of the 2017 car - has been widely revised and rumors hint at “unusual” shapes.
The unveiling will take place on February 24th at Fiorano for a filming day.
by Beatrice Zamuner