Brought to you by TheJudge13 contributor landroni
This series of articles looks is some length at the latest futuristic design proposed by Ferrari and some of the issues surrounding it and F1 more generally. Part II introduced the clowns. Part III discusses the bad joke…
As TJ13 reported, you’ve gotta love Ferrari! Here’s the latest from Ferrari.com:
“Would it be possible to come up with an F1 car which not only is technologically advanced, but also captivating to the eye and aggressive-looking? And could this be made without having to overturn the current technical rules?
At Ferrari, we believe so. Let us introduce you to the ‘concept design’ that was conceived by our design studio (Centro Stile Ferrari) together with the Scuderia’s aero department.
Minimal changes give the car a look that is way different from what have been familiar with so far. Our challenge was to create something that was – to put it short – better looking. We value your comments on that.”
“Minimal changes – without having to overturn the current technical regulations” – REALLY??? WTF???
Perhaps I should endevour to rephrase this in a parlance more amenable to Mr Arrivabene: Ma che cazzo?!
A crash-course in expressing your feelings in French…
As Our Honour helpfully points out, “Fundamental to this look is the loss of open wheel racing, as the trim around the wheels and the width of the side-pods creates this illusion if not enclosing the wheels entirely.
There are huge issues around the design of the front of this car from a safety perspective which the FIA have been attempting to regulate into front end design over the past few seasons. Further, the front lower wing overlapping the front tyres resolves what has been a problem Ferrari have managed less well than others – air flow around the tyre.
These may be fussy and off the cuff observations, but there are many that could be made of a similar nature.
More importantly, a car like this would in fact require a huge change in the regulations. It would be like throwing up the cards in the air once again – and seeing who comes up with the best solution.”
A crash-course in expressing your feelings in Krusty-talk…
TJ13 goes on to underline that “A whole new set of regulations might appear to be all too convenient for a team who failed miserably to take advantage of the last mega change – for 2014 – and are at best second in engine design and further back in the current pecking order as far as the chassis is concerned.
And once again, the costs of a whole new concept of F1 car will be punitive to the smaller teams – and maybe see off, a couple more from the sport.
“Level the playing field once more and give us another go” – is certainly one interpretation of the message behind this PR stunt.”
What’s in a Marlboro Man?
Sensing that no one really understood their bad joke, and most everyone simply ignored it, Marlboro Man—the marketing expert—helpfully designed a PR spin as quickly as a week later, confiding that Ferrarista marketeers merely wanted to “provoke”: “That car was a provocation, but not so far from the reality that we could achieve in the future. […] I want to ask to every team to try to propose a concept car. In this way we are going to move something. That was a provocation.
“Our message was mainly ‘try to liberate the creativity and create a beautiful car’. We will not say we were first or second, or ours is better. We are happy to try to move the status quo.”
And who pray tell was Ferrari trying to provoke?
Mercedes? The Merc is so far in front of all else, that the last thing that the Wolff wants is change.
Red Bull? With Vettel jumping ships, Newey stepping sideways, and Renault producing a 2nd iteration of their delightfully smelling melted cheese (or fondue, as they’re calling it in Viry-Châtillon), Red Bull is slowly transitioning into a Red Cow. And it’s desperately trying to camouflage the transition under zebra stripes… Only recently Spice Boy has confided in his latest wet dreams of “closer racing”, while a working engine is never far from his most intimate fantasies. If only he could get his hands on an “engine that could”…
Williams? The Williams pony is happily trundling in the shadow of their bigger brothers, the Merc war steeds. Having just managed to improbably hop from 9th in 2013 to 3rd in 2014, and often being the best package behind the Mercs in 2014, Williams has its eyes firmly set on capitalising on this unexpected momentum and has no thoughts to spare on such revolutionary nonsense.
McLaren? Well, hmm… Between Alonso’s X-Files crashing (and the resulting public lynching) and Honda scratching their heads on how to manage throwing the McLaren over the finish line… Suffice to say revolutions are rather low on their priority list, and their strongest of prayers go to merely finishing GPs ahead of Manor. Not to mention that Honda shall likely bow out at the first major change, especially an engine change.
So much for the grandees having any interest in this “provocation”.
Part IV will introduce the bloody emergency room…
Disclaimer: TheJudge13 provides a platform for Formula 1 fans to publish their voice on matters relating to Formula 1. The views expressed in Voice of #F1 Fans are those of the contributor and not those held by TJ13.