Scuderia Ferrari, a cutting-edge team

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Front wing

The most important part of a Formula 1 car. It is the first part of the car to meet the air, and as such it plays a crucial role in defining the air flows around the vehicle. The downforce it produces enables to single-seater to carry high speed through the corners and to brake far later than any other car.


Developed and produced by the FIA, its objective is to repel any flying object that could become a threat to the safety of the driver and the most exposed part of its body: the head. It is the first system of its kind in Formula 1 and it grants an unprecedented level of safety.


The word ‘engine’ falls short when it comes to embodying the complexity of modern Formula 1 cars, therefore it is more appropriate to refer to them as ‘power units’. In this case, the power unit is a 1.6 litre Ferrari V6 Turbo engine paired to a hybrid system that uses the heat of the exhaust system (MGU-H) and the kinetic energy generated under braking (MGU-K), a control unit and the battery system.


Tyres are the only part of the car in contact with the track-surface. The front-end ones have a diameter of 305 millimetres. The rear ones, of 405. Pirelli has designed five different compounds for dry conditions that vary in terms of durability and grip. Three out of those five compounds will be selected for each Grand Prix. There are two wet compounds, too.


Scuderia Ferrari is the most successful team in the history of the sport. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, its Cavallino Rampante and signature red colour have written the most legendary pages in the history of motorsport. Legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda or Michael Schumacher have won titles for Ferrari, whose racing record includes 16 Constructors’ Championships and 15 Drivers’ titles across 71 seasons.


Based in Maranello, Italy, Scuderia Ferrari is responsible for building and developing its own chassis and power units for Formula 1. Even though the original building of 1943 is still there, the infrastructure has been expanded on numerous occasions and today constitutes one of the biggest hubs in the automotive industry. The cars are prepared in the building of the Gestione Sportiva, which is 16.000 square meters and is also the home of the technical department of the team, composed by almost 1.500 workers that aim to create the fastest cars in the world.