F1 – Gp Miami 2022: Ferrari runs for cover and updates the F1-75

The curtain has just fallen on the first European leg of this very long season of F1 which has significantly reduced the gap between Ferrari And Red Bull in the drivers and constructors standings and, much more importantly in the medium to long term, he scored a first inversion of the balance of power between the F1-75 and the RB18. For all the teams it is already time to plan the work in the factory for the next round of the world championship which will take place on the new track of You love mean absolute novelty that will make the I work on the simulator to have a solid virtual starting point functional to a rapid adaptation of the cars in the real context.

In an interview last November, the Chief Technical Officer of the highest category of motorsportPat Symonds described in a macroscopic and effective way how the teams prepare for the simulator the challenge of a new circuit:

For a new circuit, the first information that the teams get is one 2D architectural map which is subsequently digitized by converting the limits of the track into XY coordinates over the whole area. This first map may also contain elevation information, but this is often provided in a later version. “

Since the map is generally based on what the architect intends to accomplish for the circuit, long before it is actually built, not all the details of the curbs are present. For this reason the simulation is generally carried out with the car entirely within the limits of the track“.

F1 – Pat Symonds

The first simulation is based on aerodynamic levels to obtain the right compromise between downforce and resistance, so as to be able to adjust all the other settings of the car, such as the gear ratios and the stiffness of the springs, to obtain an optimum“.

Completed this first part of the work, at the end of which it is established a basic set-up, you move on to the actual simulator. Much more detail is needed at this stage and lidar scans of the circuit are used to provide photo-realistic scenarios of the track. These scans add a lot to the computing power needed, as does the simulation of the dynamic responses of the engine and transmission which will be done by a control unit identical to that used in the real car.“.

From the words of the former engineer of Toleman, Benetton, Renault, Marussia and Williams it is clear that the preparation work for the first stage in the states has already begun a long time ago, essentially since the teams had the architectural layout of the traced.

Let’s try to discover the first secrets of the Florida circuit which, based on the agreements between Liberty Media and the organizers of the event, will be on the calendar for the next ten years.

The layout of the new Miami circuit

With the entry of Miami, the number of tracks in American territory that hosted a Formula 1 grand prix rose to eleven.

The circuit, designed by the British company Apex Circuit Desinghas a length of 5,410 km, and is spread over 19 curves with different radii, angles and lengths to be traveled counterclockwise.

The track is located near the Hard Rock Stadium which hosts the games of the NFL Miami Dolphins and NCAA Miami Hurricanes

An image of the Hard Rock Stadium sports complex adjacent to the new Miami circuit.

There are three DRS zones corresponding to three longer straight segments with very violent braking sections that will certainly be exploited by the drivers to complete overtaking maneuvers.

After the starting straight you arrive at the braking of curve 1 which should be covered, according to official estimates, at around 100 km / h.

Curve 1 rendering

Quick change of direction to face, under acceleration, curve 2 at around 180 km / h.

Curve 2 rendering

New change of direction to the right, always accelerating to tackle curve 3 with a travel speed of 220 km / h.

Curve 3 rendering

After a short straight you enter a left, right, left snake from turn 4 to turn 8.

Rendering curves 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with estimated travel speed

From turn 8 to the braking point of turn 11, you go full throttle as turns 9 and 10 have such a large radius of curvature that they allow the riders to tackle them in full.

In this segment of the circuit it will be possible to use the DRS in qualifying and during the melee of the race.

The section of the circuit between turns 11 and 16 is certainly the most tortuous with the curves with the lowest mileage thanks to the high angle and minimum radius of curvature.

Rendering curves 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 with estimated travel speed

At the exit of turn 16 you enter the longest straight of the Miami track which, according to the organizers’ estimates, it should allow for some of the highest top speeds of the entire season thanks also to the possibility of using the DRS.

For that reason the braking at turn 17 is expected to be one of the most demanding in the world championshipboth for the braking system and for the single-seater drivers who continue to suffer from pumping phenomenon. The estimated travel speed for this curve is 80 km / h as it is a hairpin bend with a very low radius of curvature.

Curve rendering 17

Exiting curve 17, go full throttle towards curve 18 on the left, with an estimated travel speed of 200 km / h, and the subsequent curve 19 on the right which leads to the main straight.

Rendering curve 19 which leads to the start / finish straight

Estimated lap time should be around one minute and 35 seconds with an average lap speed of 217 km / h even if the margin of error of this forecast could be large. At first glance and with the elements at our disposal, the circuit looks like a mix between Jeddah and the path of Yas Marinawith long straights and high-speed curves broken up by track segments characterized by curves with extremely low travel speeds.

If the developments on single-seaters have not remedied the porpoising problem, some cars will suffer greatly on long straights and in high-speed corners, as seen in the Grand Prix of Melbourne. In conclusion, the Florida track follows the guide-lines of modern racing arenas from Formula 1 in the hope that he has received the best aspects.

F1-Miami GP 2022: Up-date Ferrari

Ultimately, in the margin of the writing relating to layout world-wide, a technical consideration is urgently needed. Let’s talk about the insufficient top speed of the Ferrari to beat the very fast Red Bull. TO Imola in fact, although the pace of the Monegasque was higher than that of Perezthe opportunity to overcome the Mexican never came.

With the movable wing open, therefore, the F1-75 he couldn’t get anywhere near the RB18 number 11 on the main line. In this sense, the words of Charles during the race they perfectly photograph the intolerance of the Ferrari driver: “DRS… C’mon!… It’s a joke!

Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari) in action during the 2022 edition of the Imola Grand Prix

This scenario has been repeated constantly since the beginning of the season and has in fact compromised several results. This is why, in the future, the historic Modenese team must necessarily “pay attention” to this factor, which is crucial in the fight for the top. Conjecturing on the characteristics of the fifth round of the 2022 World Championship, a track that includes several sections at very high travel speed, Ferrari try to run for cover.

Although until now the technicians of the Cavallino Rampant have procrastinated the up-date, the time has come to update the Italian car. TO You love me a new rear wing will be introduced. The intention is to increase aerodynamic efficiency without losing vertical thrust. To do this, in addition to the aforementioned specification, small details will be introduced on the bottom that will work in symbiosis on the fluid dynamics at the rear to mitigate the current handicap.

F1-Author: Roberto Cecere@robertofunoat

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