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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2022
Predecessor:Ferrari SF21
Successor:Ferrari SF-23
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 21, 2022
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Scuderia Ferrari had a dismal couple of seasons after a clarification of the regulations forced the Italian team to peg the engine back towards the end of 2019. The extensive regulation changes that came into effect at the start of 2022 offered Ferrari a unique opportunity to claw back the deficit to the Red Bull Racing and Mercedes-AMG F1. By prioritising the development of the 2022 car, Ferrari gained a head start of its rivals.

Dubbed the F1-75 to mark the celebration of Ferrari's 75th anniversary, the new-for-2022 car started with a fresh design. The extensive regulation changes focused on simplified aerodynamics with the addition of ground-effect tunnels to allow cars to run more closely together and ultimately aid overtaking. With barge-boards banned, much of the development work focused on the side-pods. The ones on the F1-75 featured high intakes and concave top surfaces. The low nose was reminiscent of early 1990s Grand Prix cars.

What was carried over from the earlier cars was the sophisticated hybrid power unit. As per the regulations, the drivetrain consisted of a turbocharged V6 internal combustion engine with hybrid systems harvesting kinetic engine from braking and the turbocharger. The power was transferred to the rear wheels through an eight-speed gearbox, actuated by paddles behind the steering wheel. During the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Ferrari had gradually made up the ground lost. This was very timely as the new regulations include a freeze in engine development through to the end of 2024.

As in 2021, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. were signed to drive for Scuderia Ferrari. During the pre-season testing, the F1-75s were immediately on the pace and proved reliable. This form was carried over for the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Leclerc and Sainz qualified first and third, and then scored a one-two victory. In doing so, Leclerc ended Ferrari's 45-Grand Prix victory drought.

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  Article Image gallery (23) Specifications