Frédéric Vasseur, the new team boss of Ferrari, is happy that the Ferrari front wing has been declared legal by the FIA. Other teams are not happy with the ruling of the governing body, but the Frenchman is not worried about that. After all, Vasseur expects the storm to subside quickly in the paddock. However, the competition thinks otherwise, as they will continue to monitor developments closely.
The front wing of the SF-23 is equipped with so-called slot gap separator brackets, which should better direct the airflow in order to generate more outwash. Last year, Mercedes came up with a similar concept, but it was declared illegal by one sentence in the regulations. Now that this sentence has been removed, Ferrari has received approval. “We first entered into talks with the FIA about our new car. They made it clear that it was all right,” Vasseur told Motorsport.com.
Most teams were not happy with the FIA’s ruling. These teams therefore sounded the alarm at the administrative body, but received no response. Vasseur is especially happy that Ferrari has already had the approval and that the other racing stables can no longer make a case. “I don’t care what other teams think. This is the game. Every year at the first test there is a commotion about a winglet or another part. Next week it will be about something else again.’
Competition is keeping a close eye on Ferrari’s situation
Now that Ferrari’s front wing has been declared legal, other teams seem to be looking into wing modifications as well. Alpine may also seem to have some ideas in the pipeline. ‘It is a specific concept. It has been looked into. Maybe we’ll get it, maybe we won’t,” said Matt Hartman, Alpine’s technical director. “We have yet to decide on that. In any case, the change in the rules is clear. It’s allowed,’ says Hartman.