Ferrari Could Switch Focus to 2006 Car

Ferrari are looking increasingly likely to make an early change of focus away from improving this year's F2005 and into ensuring next year's car is a world beater, according to technical director Ross Brawn

Ferrari Could Switch Focus to 2006 Car

With Renault and McLaren's current advantage at the front of the field making it increasingly unlikely that Ferrari can close down and fight for the World Championship this year, the Maranello outfit are set to shift their resources onto the new chassis concept required for V8 engines sooner rather than later.

Speaking to Speedtv.com, Brawn made it clear that it was too early for Ferrari to abandon all work on the F2005 but believed a point would come soon where it would be more beneficial for the team's long term interest to focus on their 2006 ambitions.

"It has to be balanced, we have to balance what we can achieve this year and what resources we can devote to next year," said Brawn. "Clearly we're not competitive enough this year.

"If we pour all our efforts into this year and sacrifice next year, I'm not sure that will be the right choice. We've got to make a balanced judgment between improving this season and making sure that we get back to where we want to be next year."

Brawn wants Ferrari's 2006 car to be ready much earlier than the team's most recent cars have - and that means an interim chassis designed around the new V8 engine will likely be on the track within the next few months.

"We've got a hybrid car being built which will run this summer, which is the current car modified to take a V8 engine," he added.

"Then we're intending to have the race car ready earlier than this one. So we'll be back on a more normal schedule, with the car being launched early next year, and with a hybrid car being used to run the engine and transmission and all those sorts of pieces."

shares
comments
Dallara Won't Build Midland's Car
Previous article

Dallara Won't Build Midland's Car

Next article

BAR Hope for Indy Breakthrough

BAR Hope for Indy Breakthrough
The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight  Plus

The pioneering pair who brought a new glory era to an F1 heavyweight 

With the team’s founder now retired and a new boss at the helm, change was coming to Brabham – change that would shape the future of Formula 1. In the third part of our four-part history of Brabham, DAMIEN SMITH examines the effect Bernie Ecclestone had on the team

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best" Plus

The combination behind the Silverstone racing battles Hamilton called "F1 at its best"

OPINION: The late battling in the British Grand Prix wowed Formula 1 fans and surely represents the best racing action of the season so far. And there was a cocktail of factors that created the action, from which Carlos Sainz emerged as a popular new winner

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

Formula 1
Jul 5, 2022
The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022