New Ferrari will be revolution with 95% changes

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - OCTOBER 20: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23 during the United States GP at Circuit of the Americas on Friday October 20, 2023 in Austin, United States of America. (Photo by Mark Sutton / LAT Images)

According to Ferrari, the 2024 F1 car will be 95% new and that’s big news given that F1 cars are more evolution than revolution these days.

According to a report over at Autosport, Ferrari team boss Fred Vaster said:

“Again, it’s a matter of tenths of seconds. It means it’s all 0.1 or 0.2% performance that we are looking for. It’s not five [percent].

“For sure, we have to do a step. I don’t underestimate the step.

“We are changing 95% of the components of the car. Perhaps you can consider that it’s a revolution.”

I think by anyone’s measure, that’s a bit of a revolution, not evolution but as Fred stated later in the article, it’s purely contextual of course because if you improve by 100% and your opposition improves by 120%, you still miss the mark. If you only improve 80% and the opposition improves 120%, well, you look stupid according to Vaster.

Apart from the obvious strategy hiccups in 2023, I do hope the team have honed in on the absolute target areas for improvement with regards to the rear tire heat and degradation issues as well as downforce and drivability.

Strategy aside, it was these issues that had Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz pushing so hard that they ended up with unforced errors trying to make something happen.

Optimism would suggest that a revolution could leapfrog some of their competitors but it could also go the other way if their competition evolves their cars in a more productive way. An all-new car takes time to understand even when it’s an evolution but a revolution is a different beast.

They are professionals and they will know relatively quickly how right or wrong their revolution was/is and will spend the rest of the season either winning or trying to play catch up. Such is F1.

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speedinian

95% is too much. Especially in a cost cap era. Don’t get me wrong these engineers know their stuff. But you make that many changes; how do you know what’s working and what ain’t?