Ferrari SF16-H for the 2016 Formula 1 season
Ferrari SF16-H for the 2016 F1 season
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K ann Ferrari actually start the attack on Mercedes? In any case, there is no lack of money and technical commitment in Maranello. In recent years, the design office has been upgraded properly. Under the aegis of James Allison, hungry staff are working who want to usher in a new era of success at Scuderia.

Ferrari is not only well positioned in terms of personnel. There is also nothing missing in terms of hardware. The simulator has been continuously developed in recent years. There was also a completely new wind tunnel and the latest CFD technology. Only one thing is no longer there: excuses. CEO Sergio Marchionne demands for 2016 that you can fight at least on an equal footing with Mercedes. The title decision should not be made as early as last year.

Technical data Ferrari SF16-H

  • Model: Ferrari SF16-H
  • Engine: Ferrari 059-5
  • Gasoline: Shell
  • Rim manufacturer: OZ
  • Brakes: Brembo
  • Length: 5,057 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,494 mm (2015: 3,508 mm)
  • Front overhang: 995 mm
  • Angle of attack: 1.4 °


Ferrari had already made a big leap in terms of engine in 2015. The next one should follow in 2016. The engineers had not redeemed 4 tokens during the season. They were only drawn parallel to the last race. The associated modifications can therefore be found for the first time in the 2016 drive.

In terms of packaging, the Italians happened to have carried out the same conversion as Mercedes. One of the two intercoolers wandered out of the chassis near the turbo. However, the measure did not come by chance. In recent months, some engineers from Brixworth had made their way to Maranello - apparently with well-known ideas in their luggage.

In terms of performance and hybrid power, Ferrari was also able to saddle up together with petrol partner Shell, thanks to GPS -Competitive measurements are confirmed. Only in terms of reliability was there still a problem in the first week of testing. It was not until the 6th day of the test that Sebastian Vettel got a revised unit installed with which he could safely drive sharper mappings.


In terms of aerodynamics, Ferrari left no stone unturned in winter. However, many of the modifications were similarForm seen with the competition. The short nose is reminiscent of Red Bull, the central rear wing support, which now goes through the exhaust, was shown by Toro Rosso in 2015. And all other cars had long since completed the conversion from pullrod to pushrod front suspension.

The engine was placed a little further forward. The new transmission is shorter. The new Ferrari is now much slimmer in the rear. The side pods contract earlier. The conversion is also reflected in the wheelbase. There is now 1.4 centimeters less space between the axles than in the previous year.

Except for the familiar air flow through the front axle, you won't find any unusual aero tricks on the new Vettel company car. During the test drives, the engineers were economical with updates. The technicians first wanted to collect a lot of data with the package before it was changed again. Ferrari used the largest measuring devices, especially in the rear area, to track down the airflow.


Ferrari is now up to date in terms of aerodynamics, even if many elements seem a bit conservative compared to Mercedes. But that doesn't have to be negative. James Allison had already built elegant cars at Lotus, the speed of which you couldn't tell from the outside. The long runs during the test drives have already indicated that the new Ferrari is a weapon again thanks to the low tire wear.

A question mark still hovers over the drive - both in terms of power and reliability. In order to be able to keep up with Mercedes in terms of performance, Ferrari used one more unit per driver in 2015. The increase to 21 races in 2016 means that all teams are now allowed to use a fifth power unit without penalty. This slightly reduces the mileage per unit. That should be more useful to Ferrari than Mercedes.

If Ferrari can keep the pace of development in the season as high as in the winter break, Mercedes must be careful. Whether the Italians can race the Silver Arrows in every race or only under special conditions is questionable. The consistency has clearly spoken in favor of Mercedes in the past few years.

In the gallery we show you the new Ferrari compared to its predecessor - and the most important technical modifications.


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