Ferrari F10

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Ferrari F10
Felipe Massa Ferrari Bahrain 2010 GP.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Scuderia Ferrari
Designer(s) Aldo Costa (Technical Director)
Luca Marmorini (Engine & Electronics Director)[1]
Nicholas Tombazis (Chief Designer)[1]
Marco de Luca (Chief Aerodynamicist)[1]
Predecessor F60
Successor 150° Italia
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) as front
Engine Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L (146 cu in) (800 horsepower)[2] V8 (90°) Naturally aspirated, 18,000 RPM limited mid-mounted at a 3.5° angle[3]
Transmission Ferrari 7 speeds + reverse Semi-automatic sequential, electronically controlled, longitudinal gearbox, quick-shift Limited-slip differential
Weight 620 kg (1,366.9 lb) (including driver, water and lubricant)
Fuel Shell V-Power ULG 66L/2 Fuel
Shell Helix Ultra Lubricant
Tyres Bridgestone
BBS Wheels (front and rear): 13"
Competition history
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 7. Brazil Felipe Massa
8. Spain Fernando Alonso
Debut 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
19 5 2 5

The Ferrari F10 was a Formula One motor racing car built by Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro to compete in the 2010 Formula One season. The car was unveiled in Maranello, Italy on 28 January 2010.[4] On 20 February, Fernando Alonso declared that the F10 was the best car he had ever driven, and that its true pace was being hidden from its rivals.[5]

Launch[edit]

The F10, the 56th single-seater car produced by Ferrari to compete in Formula One, was launched in Maranello, and online, on 28 January 2010.[6] Felipe Massa was due to undertake the car's first shakedown later the same day at the Fiorano Circuit, but due to inclement weather in the area, this was postponed to the following day.[7] However, the weather conditions did not improve and thus the car's first run was at the first group test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on 1 February.[8]

Racing history[edit]

Felipe Massa battling over seventh place with Jenson Button at the Malaysian Grand Prix after starting from 21st position.

The F10 proved immediately more competitive than its predecessor, with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso picking up 2nd and 3rd respectively in qualifying at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso won the race with Felipe Massa finishing second. Alonso's fastest lap of the race is still the lap record at the Bahrain International Circuit.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Alonso spun at the first corner after contact with Jenson Button. This dropped Alonso to the back of the field, but he fought his way up through the field throughout the race to eventually finish in fourth, just behind his team-mate Massa who finished third.

At the Malaysian Grand Prix, both Alonso and Massa as well as McLaren's Lewis Hamilton failed to make it through to the second qualifying session after late entries into an increasingly wet session. Both Ferrari drivers fought their way up through the field. Alonso suffered from a downshift problem which eventually resulted in an engine failure just two laps from the finish. Despite not completing the full race distance, he was classified in thirteenth. Massa finished seventh after passing Button in the late stages of the race.

In China, Alonso qualified third while Massa qualified seventh. Alonso jumped the start which resulted in a drive-through penalty and both of them made counter-productive pitstops onto intermediate tyres which dropped them to over 50 seconds behind race-leader at the time Nico Rosberg. Alonso passed Massa into the pitlane entry which resulted in Massa having to wait behind Alonso while his team-mate was serviced.

A safety car caused by Jaime Alguersuari colliding with another car allowed the rest of the field, including Alonso and Massa to catch the leaders. With a few laps to go, Alonso passed Robert Kubica to gain fourth but couldn't pass Rosberg for third and he duly finished fourth after another spectacular charge for the third consecutive race. Massa on the other hand struggled in the later part of the race and finished ninth. Ferrari have openly admitted that they have not achieved what they were capable of, having been overtaken by McLaren for first in the constructor's championship.

A F-duct system was introduced in the car for Spain. Initially introduced by McLaren on the MP4-25, the F-duct is an aerodynamic aid which causes the rear wing to enter a stalled state at high speed, reducing aerodynamic drag and increasing straight line speed. Unlike the system on the MP4-25, the F10 uses a pad on the drivers left hand to block the airflow.[9]

At the European Grand Prix, Ferrari introduced the blown diffuser, a concept first introduced by the Red Bull Racing team. Ferrari repositioned the exhaust between the rear upper and lower wishbones, beefed up the bodywork and rear upper and lower wishbone assemblies to handle the temperatures and repositioned the rear brake ducts.

For the German Grand Prix, Bridgestone announced its intentions to increase the difference between its tyre compounds, meaning that the teams have to deal with the extremes in the rubber compounds.

At the Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari introduced an improved double diffuser layout and Red Bull Racing inspired rear wing on Felipe Massa's car.

At the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari ran revised front and rear wings on both the cars as part of the team's low-downforce package. It turned out that these minor changes suited this car, especially at Monza and Alonso took pole position on Saturday. At the start of the race, Button overtook Alonso, but better strategy contributed to Alonso taking the lead again and winning the race, with team-mate Felipe Massa finishing 3rd, thus having both Ferraris on the podium.

At the Singapore Grand Prix, Alonso took pole again after Sebastian Vettel made a mistake in Q3. On a very narrow track with almost no opportunities of passing the driver ahead, Alonso drove calmly and won the race.

At the next race in Japan, the track suited Red Bull so neither Alonso nor Massa had a chance of scoring better than Alonso's 3rd position at the end of the race.

In Yeongam, Korea, the race was full of excitement, but Vettel suffered an engine failure which allowed Alonso to win the race. Massa finished 3rd.

At the next race in Brazil, the track again suited the very aerodynamic cars of Red Bull, seeing them score a one-two finish, while Alonso finished 3rd.

At the last race at Abu Dhabi, Alonso only needed 4th to win the championship. Everything started well with Alonso taking 3rd in qualifying, but in the race Ferrari chose the wrong strategy when they didn't call Alonso into the pits after the Safety Car had been deployed and that soon put him in a bad position. He found himself in 7th and had to fight for places but despite all Alonso's efforts, the Ferrari F10 with a reduced horsepower engine (this was the 5th consecutive event for the engine due to other engines failures and problems in the first part of the season) was unable to pass Petrov and so Alonso missed the chance of winning the championship and finished it in 2nd.

Other[edit]

Like the Ferrari F2007, the F10 is featured in Gran Turismo 5.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2010 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 056 V8 B BHR AUS MAL CHN ESP MON TUR CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR BRA ABU 396 3rd
Massa 2 3 7 9 6 4 7 15 11 15 2 4 4 3 8 Ret 3 15 10
Alonso 1 4 13 4 2 6 8 3 8 14 1 2 Ret 1 1 3 1 3 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Mark (2010-02-04). "Ferrari F10". Autosport 199 (5): pp. 16–19. 
  2. ^ Car information screen, Gran Turismo 5, officially licenced product
  3. ^ Piola, Giorgio (2010-02-08). "Ferrari, il motore è inclinato". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) (RCS MediaGroup). Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-01-28). "Ferrari unveils 2010 challenger". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  5. ^ Beer, Matt; Elizalde, Pablo (2010-02-20). "Alonso: Ferrari best car I've ever had". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Ferrari take wraps off 2010 car". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-01-28). "Ferrari calls off F10 shakedown". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  8. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-01-29). "Ferrari forced to delay F10's maiden run". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  9. ^ Fisichella tests Ferrari 'F-duct' at Vairano F1 Official Website 2010-05-03 Retrieved 2010-05-09

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