Ferrari F1 Make Its First Major Change as Part of a Rebuilding Process for 2022

Published 09/17/2020, 4:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 6, 2020 Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the race | Courtesy: Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Ferrari is going through one of its worst performances in its history this year. The team already mentioned that its focus has shifted to the 2022 season.

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As a part of its development plan, Ferrari has now revealed that it will soon replace the present simulator “Spider” with a new one. The construction of the new Simulator has already begun and will probably be over by the end of this year.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

Ferrari has struggled in getting its technical updates to work on track this year. Unfortunately, it is the lack of interaction between the collected data, the wind tunnel, and the cars on the track that led to this downfall.

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The team has conceded to the fact that it is practically impossible to fight for the championship this season. Hence, for Ferrari, the focus is now entirely on 2022.

The replacement of Spider is mostly due to the Aerodynamic changes that are taking place from 2022. Similar to The Spider, the new simulator will also be capable of producing lateral G’s. The construction of this simulator will probably get over by the end of this year.

After they complete the construction, it is expected to take a few months to fine-tune the software and further develop the simulator. Hence, the simulator will likely be operational only from mid-2021.

The characteristics of the new simulator will also differ from the present one. Ferrari will partially bank on the simulator to provide an upper hand over the other teams by the beginning of the 2022 season.

Ferrari has already made a change in its driver’s line-up. Carlos Sainz will replace Sebastian Vettel from the next season.

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What happened to the “Spider” built by Ferrari?

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Ferrari built the Spider back in 2010. The team ended up naming the simulator “Spider” due to its six legs.

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It was speculated that the team spent a whopping $5 million to build the gigantic machine. But over the last few years, the simulator has lost a considerable amount of lateral G’s. This partially affected the team’s development of the car. Ferrari eventually decided to scrap the Spider for a new simulator.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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