The Evolution Of The Ferrari F2008, 2008
History of Ferrari is inseparably linked with the history of Formula1601 is the only team, who participated in all seasons of the world championship, and the first single in Maranello racing machine was built for Formula1601.
In the traditional winter historical project, together with the authoritative Italian expert, author of books about the history of Ferrari Paolo D'alessio, we decided to tell to the readers nonf1.ru about the peculiarities of all the machines , showing them the example of the evolution of the Formula 1.
In 2008 the rules have not changed almost. Increased height of the protective side of the pilot, transmission needed to keep a distance of four Grand Prix, under got some exotic materials. All this has led to some increase in the mass of cars, but in General, engineers could use last year's achievements. New Ferrari F2008 became a logical continuation of vehicles of the previous season.
Changed the shape of the , side pontoons and the engine casing, which required revision design of the front and rear suspension. To adapt the machine for changes in regulations, the wheelbase has been reduced, developed a new gearbox. Braking system obtained new calipers and innovative cooling system.
After the end of the 2007 season, Jean Todt left the post of the head of the , focusing on the leadership of the company. His place was taken by Stefano . Taking into account that earlier the team is left, Ross brown and Rory Byrne, the kind of structure that, together with Schumacher, brought Ferrari numerous titles in the beginning of the decade, was completely renovated.
After the revolution last year, in 2008 in Maranello have taken a small step back while working on the F2008. Structurally, the new machine, in General, reminiscent of the F2007, although the distance between the axes was slightly reduced to pilots feel more comfortable on slow tracks.
The most distinctive element of the whole project, at least in terms of aerodynamics, became the bow section. The upper surface of the wing was attached to a nasal that together with a complex configuration the basic plane contributed to a better organization of air flows in the front part, increase the amount of air entering the machine and, as a consequence, the clamping force.
Not satisfied with the excellent results shown in the tunnel and in the first races of the season in Spain Scuderia introduced a new nose cone with a «hole», and in Hungary on the air vent of the engine had a large fin-style Red Bull.
About the engine, on the contrary, you can tell not so much. Freezing the development of engines, imposed by the FIA, has shifted the attention of designers to electronic system of ECU Electronic Control Unit, which produced the McLaren Electronic Systems. ECU has not established a Ferrari big problems, but errors on the command bridge in Singapore and not rock-solid reliability at the Hungaroring prevented Felipe Mass win the title. The team for the second year in a row, won the Cup of designers.
Pilots in Ferrari remained the same, but the «leader» changed now the title claimed Felipe Massa, while Kimi Raikkonen, winning two races of the first four, in the future a single win win failed. Often the reason for this is the loss of motivation by Finn, but do not forget that in this season, Raikkonen in 18 races 10 times showed the best lap time in the race. The main problems Kimi arose in the qualification if the Mass started from pole position six times, Raikkonen - only twice. One of these races he won another missed mate due to technical problems.
The main competitor Ferrari again became the team McLaren, where now completely dominated by Lewis Hamilton - his partner instead of Fernando Alonso became Heikki Kovalainen. In addition, strong were the pilots of the BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld. During the championship, the two unexpected victories won and lost in the Alonso Renault - however, as it turned out later, one of them was a result of intentional gathering his running mate Nelson Piquet Jr. Another surprise was a very convincing victory at Monza young Sebastian Vettel at Toro Rosso.
In General, the performance of all the contenders for the title of stability differ. For the final Grand Prix, held in Brazil, Hamilton and Massa came up with five victories in the asset, but Lewis was seven points ahead. To be a champion, Felipe was supposed to win, and hope that Lewis finished not higher than sixth. With his part of this task Brazilian coped, confidently won the first race, despite changeable weather conditions. By the time it crossed the finish line, Hamilton was the sixth, but at the last turn Briton ahead of Timo Glock, speaking for Toyota, and became the world champion.
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