F1: The Italian Manufacturer Ferrari has revealed the brand-new SF-23 for the 2023 Formula 1 season. Unveiled at its Maranello headquarters, the Ferrari SF-23 is said to be an evolution of last year's challenger, the F1-75. However, the new car, according to the manufacturer, has been completely redesigned, rather than overhauled. With Frederic Vasseur as Formula 1 team principal & general manager, drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will be continuing together for a third season. While reliability issues, strategic blunders, and driver errors all blunted Ferrari's hopes of winning an F1 world title in 2022, Ferrari is purportedly hopeful to end their championship drought with the new SF-23 in the upcoming season.
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The Formula 1 SF-23 returns to a red-dominated livery - a tradition that continues till date. But it is Matte Red with carbon fiber sections. Along with, the long 'F' Ferrari logo makes a return on the rear wing.
As for the changes, the chassis (vehicle frame) has been revamped. The SF-23 now comes with a redesigned suspension that allows a wider range of adjustments to be made to the car on the track. Additionally, it also gets an improved front suspension with a low track rod. Aerodynamically, the new car has undergone significant changes, to increase vertical downforce and secure better dynamic balance.
Furthermore, the front wing and nose also have received some obvious changes. The car seemingly receives a flatter nose. Its new front wing design features slot gap separators so as to create vortices, thereby accelerating the airflow towards the floor inlets. The new SF-23, nonetheless, retains the 'bathtub' contours at the top of the sidepods, with a depression to direct air towards the rear beam wing.
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Reportedly, Frederic Vasseur is confident that the Ferrari SF-23 will help the Scuderia Ferrari to win a championship title this year. Official pre-season testing for the 2023 Formula 1 season begins in Bahrain on February 23.
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