For the 2020 Formula One season, Scuderia Ferrari will draw first blood by being the first team to announce a launch date. A February 11th date will see the Maranello outfit be the first to showcase their 2020 challenger to the world. However, it seems that the Italian media got too impatient and did some sleuthing of their own on the Ferrari F1 2020 car.
The end result was La Gazzetta dello Sport released an alleged image which leaked the design of the 2020 Ferrari F1 challenger. It is believed that the 2020 Ferrari project, dubbed ‘Project 671’ will be far quicker than its predecessor, the Ferrari SF90.
While the 2019 car showed promise in pre-season testing, the actual season was a completely different story and not in a good way. The Italian team were constantly several steps behind Mercedes, and occasionally Red Bull until the second half of the season.
However, that sudden burst of speed was attributed to a massive power unit upgrade, which resulted in three wins on the trot. By then, it was too late to challenge the Silver Arrows and Ferrari’s situation was not helped by the rivalry between their drivers.
Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel failed to stand on the top step until the Belgian Grand Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, and the Singapore Grand Prix.
Will the 2020 Ferrari F1 Car Be the Answer?
According to team principal Mattia Binotto, one key element that has been hindering the Ferrari F1 team is downforce. He is of the opinion that more downforce will aid Ferrari’s title hopes in 2020.
So Gazzetta claimed that Ferrari will introduce radically different wings, as well as a hydraulic damper system. The bad news for Ferrari is that the damper system will reportedly be banned in 2021, in order to create as much vertical load as possible.
Of course, since there has been no word from the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, so the supposed leak should be taken with a pinch of salt.