Dec.13 (GMM) Ferrari’s 2020 car will feature fundamental changes when it is revealed to the public on February 11.
Speaking at the team’s end of season dinner, boss Mattia Binotto thinks Ferrari will be “probably the first” of the ten teams to launch for 2020.
Indeed, February 11 is a full eight days prior to the start of winter testing, but Binotto says Ferrari will use that time to work on reliability.
That is because the car will feature a different aerodynamic philosophy, and a considerably revised engine.
“It will be based on what we have learned this year, so it is a machine that will be born with much more downforce than today,” said the Italian.
“We therefore do not expect to have the fastest car on the straights. I’m not saying we will copy the others, but we will adapt to the behaviour of the tyres, which will remain the same next year.”
As for Ferrari’s engine, it was the strongest in the field in 2019 but also attracted widespread controversy amid a flurry of FIA rules clarifications.
“The power unit is strongly revised for 2020,” Binotto announced, “even from an architectural point of view, especially in the upper part.
“Despite the stability of the regulations since 2014, we think there is still a lot to do.”
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!