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  Ferrari F10
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2010
Internal name:661
Predecessor:Ferrari F60
Successor:Ferrari F150th Italia
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 15, 2010
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWhile some other teams were already focused on the development of their machines for the upcoming season, Ferrari was entangled in a fight for both titles until the end of the 2008 season. Usually that is not a very big problem but with the advent of a completely new set of rules and a ban on all in-season testing, this proved to be disastrous for the Italian team. Throughout 2009 the 'Scuderia' was forced to play catch-up and a single victory for Raikkonen in the Ferrari F60 was a small reward for all the effort.

With little more to win, Ferrari decided to stop development of the F60 well ahead of the final race of the season and instead turned their full attention on its successor, the F10. The single biggest revision in the regulations the engineers had to deal with was the ban on re-fueling during the race, so a much larger fuel tank had to be fitted. Considering the huge effect of changing fuel loads on the handling of the car, this was by no means a straightforward job. The designers could work with the room that became available after the removal of the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) unit; the teams had unanimously agreed to abandon engine recovery system for the foreseeable future.

One of the bigger problems of the F60 was its poor aerodynamics, so much work was done in this area as well. The nose on the F10 has some clear traits of the highly successful Red Bull design of 2009.The 'aero' element that proved most successful was the 'double diffuser' used to great effect by World Champions Brawn. Despite being a topic of much debate and protest, the 'double diffuser' remained legal for the new season. Ferrari tried to make the most of it by angling the V8 up slightly. Although this raised the centre of gravity slightly, it also created room for larger diffuser tunnels. For the same reason, the exhausts are mounted alongside the engine.

Lined up to drive the F10 is Ferrari stalwart Felipe Massa, who has recovered fully from his horrendous accident during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix and is joined for the first time by two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso. During the official pre-season tests, the two Ferrari drives were always at the sharp end of the time-sheets and went into the Bahrain season opener as the favourites. In qualifying the two scarlet machines were beaten only by Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull. Running second and third in the race, Alonso and Massa benefitted from a technical problem that dropped Vettel back to fourth. This allowed Alonso to lead home a Ferrari one-two on his debut for the Italian team.

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