Ferrari work on more aggressive 2012 car
13 May, 2011
May 13 (GMM) The Ferrari team is already working on the fundamental elements of its 2012 car, according to a report.
The Spanish sports daily Marca said the Italian team is still developing the current Ferrari 150 Italia car in parallel, particularly the floor, diffuser, exhausts and the engine mapping.
But the chassis, gearbox, suspension and cooling systems for its 2012 successor are also on the drawing board at Maranello, with the report saying the approach for next year “will be more aggressive” in the wake of criticism that their 2011 car is too conservative.
Ferrari is just third in the constructors’ championship behind Red Bull and McLaren, with Fernando Alonso achieving the team’s first podium of the season last weekend in Turkey but lagging way behind in the title points chase.
As for the 2012 car, chief designer Nikolas Tombazis said it is underway in May “because otherwise it will be too late”.
“For this development we have spoken about the problems of this year to have more aggressiveness in the project,” he added.