Ferrari engineer Enrico Cardile says their 2024 car will be a different philosophy to the SF-23 after the team realised they got something fundamentally wrong.
The Italian team have struggled for consistency in 2023 and has found themselves unable to anticipate where the car will be good as their expectations fail to correlate with the real-world behaviour.
After attempting to fix the car at the Miami Grand Prix and Spanish GP, it would appear that the team has decided to pull the plug on the current design philosophy and will start again in 2024.
“It will be very different because developing this year we realised that some architectural choices we did were not right,” Cardile told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com. “It was constraining it too much if the development.
“From next year, the car will not be an evolution of this year’s car, like this year has been a compared to last year’s car. It will be a brand new car and different chassis with different design area around there to allow to aero to better develop the car to achieve their targets.”
Unpredictable and below standards
Ferrari would have anticipated taking the fight to Red Bull in 2023, following a successful 2022 campaign that saw the esteemed Prancing Horse return to winning ways several times in the early part of the season
They showed their best form of the year on home soil at Monza, but are expected to be outpaced by Mercedes and Aston Martin at Singapore, underlining their rollercoaster pace.
“It’s been pretty clear that we were not at the level we expect it to be,” Cardile added. “The weakness for from was coming from there [aerodynamics]. So all the focus all the air force has been set to one on improving the aero characteristics of the car.
“But we have been lucky because the comments of the driver has been always aligned between drivers, simulator and track, aligning with the data we gather from the car, so we can see what we are complaining about.”