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1. The two noses use a cape solution similar to the design introduced by Ferrari in Singapore last season, with modifications to the shape of the tip in order to optimize performance.

2. The guide vanes have been advanced and are more complex than last year, with seven elements now hanging under the nose and the chassis.

3. The wheels have been redesigned with the partner O.Z., with longer spokes due to the reduced diameter of the hub. This will allow more air to pass through the brake scoops and onto the face of the wheel. This technique had the preference of the competition last season given the ban on blown axles.

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Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail

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Ferrari SF1000 detail

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Ferrari SF1000 front wing detail

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4. The deflectors have been carefully redesigned to maximize the air flow at the pontoons and openings behind. The most advanced section has been divided into three and is higher than last year. In addition, a solution with a double boomerang was deployed, with a thinner one mounted at the front of the assembly and a larger one at the rear.

5. The innovative pontoon solution introduced in 2017, which places the upper spar lower and more advanced, has been retained but improved. It clearly draws its inspiration from Red Bull, with two winged sections above and in front of the main cooling opening, which is thus much smaller. This is also used for aerodynamic purposes. These changes have also led to a more profitable mirror design, the two rods serving as both flow conditioners and uprights.

6. The air box retains its narrow trapezoidal shape, which has allowed the appearance of horns on both sides. These are used as flow conditioners and should improve air circulation to the rear spoiler. This is not a new solution but rather a reinterpretation of the rules, since McLaren had used something similar in 2005 before being imitated by other teams.

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Ferrari SF1000 sidepods detail

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Ferrari SF1000 sidepods detail

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Ferrari SF1000 detail

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7. The engine hood is significantly thinner and displays a much lower line thanks to the work done by the engine department to repackage the power unit. This also applies to the pontoons, where we can see how much tighter integration has an effect compared to the previous car.

8. A brand new gearbox, which has the same volume but happens to be much narrower, also tightens the bodywork at the rear of the car, thereby improving air circulation in this area.

9. The T-wing is not completely modified but it contains new features compared to last year. The double "swan neck" that supports the rear spoiler has also been preserved, as has the single wastegate exhaust, even if the work provided at the end of last season could lead to a switch to a double wastegate exhaust in the future.

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Ferrari SF1000 rear detail

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Ferrari SF1000 halo detail

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Ferrari SF1000 rear detail

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10. The lateral fin of the rear spoiler has been optimized for 2020, and this is reflected in the number and design of the notches on the widest part. As usual, you should expect to see a number of different rear spoiler configurations over the season to adapt to the characteristics of the circuits.

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Comparison of the Ferrari SF90 and the Ferrari SF1000.

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How did Ferrari come up with these solutions? Below, the key elements of the 2019 SF90 …

Ferrari SF90 front wing

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Here is the cape introduced by Ferrari at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2019.

Under the muzzle of the Ferrari SF90

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A view from below to better understand the cape introduced by Ferrari in Singapore last season.

The nose of the Ferrari SF90

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The guide vanes used by Ferrari in 2019 were placed further back on the car.

The front brakes of the Ferrari SF90

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The blown axle (inserted) was banned for 2019 and Ferrari looked for other ways to recover the aerodynamic loss.

The deflectors of the Ferrari SF90

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Ferrari has constantly improved its deflectors throughout the 2019 season, but none of the solutions used last year were as complex as that of 2020.

Detailed view of the Ferrari SF90

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Ferrari was the first team to use this type of pontoon design in 2017, and has never stopped since making it evolve. You can see here how far the design of the 2019 version went, and it has again evolved considerably for 2020.

The horns of the McLaren MP4-20 in 2005

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McLaren introduced these horns around the airbox in 2005, and Ferrari seems to have brought them up to date by adapting them to the current regulatory framework.

Ferrari SF90 rear wing

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Last year, the engine hood and the rear of the bodywork were already quite thin, as seen here. But with the SF1999, an additional step has been taken.

The flat bottom of the Ferrari SF90

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Thanks to the thinner body of the SF90, the flat bottom area at the rear was clearly visible, but it now seems almost trivial compared to the SF1000.

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