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Cars token system: Ferrari is using the wild cards in development for 2021

15:15  20 october  2020
15:15  20 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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A token system could be introduced so that individual Formula 1 teams can decide which elements of their cars they freeze or develop over the next two seasons. A similar system was used for power units in the early years of the hybrid era, with each component assigned a certain token value.

The token system is not new to Formula 1 as it was used during the early days of the turbocharged V6 engines. Engine manufacturers were given a set amount of The system was scrapped in 2017 in order to allow Ferrari , Renault and Honda to throw resources at their engine in a bid to catch Mercedes.

Ferrari fokussiert sich in der Weiterentwicklung vor allem auf das Heck © Motorsport Images Ferrari is focusing primarily on the rear in further development

The token system is back in Formula 1 and will be a further development regulate the racing car for 2021. Ferrari has already decided how the two tokens should be used. For the coming year, work in Maranello will primarily be on the stern of the red goddess to initiate a turnaround.

The FIA ​​decided in spring to extend the current regulations to 2021 due to the corona pandemic. Most mechanical components are frozen and homologated. However, there is a way out: Each team can use two tokens to develop components.

"Some teams may have a problem with their car that they shouldn't live with for two years," said Ross Brawn, head of sport. His former employer has had a messed up season so far and is happy to be able to improve the Ferrari thanks to the tokens in order to become more competitive in 2021.

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Formula 1 director of motorsport Ross Brawn says the introduction of F1's development token system for 2020 and 2021 was in large part justified by

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The basic problem of the SF1000: Due to the strong engine power in the previous year, Ferrari built a car with more air resistance, but according to the clarifications of the FIA, the power in the rear of the racer is missing. Neither the engine nor the chassis have been convincing so far.

A new power unit is already being developed in Maranello; on the chassis side, the traditional team is concentrating on one area in particular, as Chassis Chief Engineer Simone Resta reveals at ' Autosprint '. "We're going to redesign the rear of the car."

The chassis engineers are convinced that the rear of the car has the most room for improvement. "In addition, the rear of the car will be affected by rule changes," says Resta.

He talks about changes in the aerodynamic load in the area of ​​the underbody , which is to be trimmed for 2021 in order to protect the Pirelli tires. "All teams will lose downforce points as a result of these changes."

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Formula 1 stakeholders are assessing a token system for teams to decide the car elements they freeze or develop for 2020/21, as part of the latest coronavirus-response crisis talks. It had already been agreed that the current cars will be used in 2021 , and in recent weeks discussions have been

Ferrari has ramped up its push to close the gap to Mercedes by deciding to use another engine development token for the Austrian Grand Prix Now, team sources have confirmed that it has decided to make a development tweak for the Red Bull Ring that should help it further maximise its

It will therefore be "essential" to get as much downforce as possible. "All of this leads us to believe that this is the most important area. So we're going to use up our development tokens in the rear."

Already at the end of July, the FIA ​​teams had to send a letter of intent with a brief reason for using the tokens; the third and final deadline was set for September 21st. The direction of development for 2021 is therefore clearly specified for all teams. Despite the Ferrari plans,

Resta is still cautious about the future chances of his team. Because: "The freedom is not as comprehensive as it seems. You can develop the engine freely in winter, but it will be frozen from the first race in 2021."

The FIA ​​is not that strict on aerodynamics, but there are still limitations in this area, notes Resta. "The aerodynamics are still limited by the structure that lies underneath. It's like a dress, it is worn by a body. The dimensions of this body therefore have an impact on the final shape."

If the structure of the nose remains roughly the same, an engineer can develop a new front wing, but his creative autonomy is limited. "All these limitations mean that we consider it very difficult to catch up to some extent on the top in just one year."

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