Sources say 2020 Ferrari has ‘serious’ aero flaw (Update)

Mattia Binotto - another failed car design.
Mattia Binotto – another failed car design?

UPDATE (GMM) The latest whispers out of Maranello are "more encouraging" than they were a few weeks ago, according to well-known Ferrari insider Leo Turrini.

On his Quotidiano blog in mid January, Turrini revealed that "the indications from the simulator and the wind tunnel" about Ferrari's 2020 car "have not impressed the engineers".

But the long-time Italian journalist says the latest rumblings out of Maranello are better.

"The indications of the last week are more encouraging," Turrini said on Quotidiano.

"So far it's not all smooth, but as I explained already, there is still time."

Turrini said Ferrari went into the winter determined to improve its 2019 car, as it was very fast in a straight line but less impressive in the corners.

"Apart from the results, the goal is to have a simpler machine which is not exposed to sudden changes in performance depending on the tracks," he said.

As for the engine, which according to some suffered as a result of a spate of FIA clarifications in the second half of last season, Turrini said all is well.

"At Maranello, they are convinced that they have no problem with the performance of the power unit," he said.

"(Mattia) Binotto is very sure at least that it is not inferior to Mercedes and Honda."

Finally, Turrini played down fears about Ferrari's warring drivers, who clashed on occasion in 2019.

"The relationship between Vettel and Leclerc is less bumpy than could have been feared after the turbulence of 2019," he said.

01/22/20 (GMM) More rumblings about trouble with Ferrari's 2020 car are emerging.

Last week, journalist and Ferrari insider Leo Turrini claimed that data from the 2020 car coming out of the simulator and wind tunnel "have not impressed the engineers".

And now, citing 'reliable sources within Ferrari', Germany's Auto Bild says the data from the wind tunnel is actually "worse" than is being reported.

Correspondents Ralf Bach and Bianca Garloff report: "The car could have a serious error in the aerodynamics, which neither the simulator specialists nor the wind tunnel engineers have been able to solve."

They claim that the problem could be that Ferrari has gone the Red Bull route with a very steep rake angle at the bottom of the car.

"It helps you in several areas," explained former F1 designer Gary Anderson. "But if just one little thing is wrong, there is a chain reaction from the front wing.

"Then you have a serious problem that is not easy to solve."

Another problem is that Ferrari appears to have lost the battle with rival teams and the FIA over the disputed legality of its 2019 engine.

Mattia Binotto told the official Ferrari magazine that the politics in Formula 1 took him by surprise when he became team boss last year.

"It is a front on which we cannot let our guard down, because having a competitive car and good drivers is not enough. I didn't expect it to require so much effort," he said.

"I think the level of competition has never been so high," Binotto added.

"We have the credentials to do well, but nothing is taken for granted because our opponents, like us, are intensifying their efforts to improve.

"Our advantage is the exceptional support we receive, and the power of a myth that we want to keep nourishing at all costs," said the Ferrari team boss.