Ferrari F60, the introduction of KERS does not make the Prancing Horse car competitive

2021-02-27 23:00

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Ferrari F60, the introduction of KERS does not make the Prancing Horse car competitive

The Ferrari F60, project number 660, represents the fifty-fifth single-seater built by the Maranello-based car manufacturer to participate in the 2009


The Ferrari F60, project number 660, represents the fifty-fifth single-seater built by the Maranello-based car manufacturer to participate in the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship, which is celebrating the 60th edition of the drivers' title.


The car is presented on the Ferrari website on January 12, 2009, and the team from Maranello chooses the initials F60 to pay homage to the number of its participations in the editions of the Formula 1 world championship.


The Ferrari F60 meets the requirements imposed by the new FIA regulations for the 2009 season: all aerodynamic aspects are the result of the work carried out by the Overtaking Working Group, the team created by the FIA ​​in collaboration with the teams to allow the introduction of aerodynamic innovations in able to guarantee more overtaking during races.


Compared to the F2008, the front wing is wider and goes from the previous 140 centimeters to 180 centimeters, and the flap can be adjusted by the pilot. The vents on the body are also missing, while the rear wing is considerably narrower and higher, going from 100 to 75 centimeters in width, and from 80 to 95 centimeters in height.


The suspension layout has also been completely redesigned, since 2009 the possibility of inserting suspension elements inside the fairing has been reduced. The engine has a total displacement of 2.398 cm³, and a maximum engine speed of 18.000 rpm, with the objective of an engine life of approximately 2.500 kilometers.


The gearbox does not undergo major construction changes, remaining in carbon fiber and longitudinal in shape, while the brake system is built fom scratch, and supplied by Brembo.


The F60 is designed to take advantage of the new KERS technology, or the kinetic energy recovery system. The Ferrari KERS is created in collaboration with Magneti Marelli. The system is based on an electric motor/alternator keyed in axis with the motor, whose task is to recover energy during braking by transferring it to the batteries, to then provide a power boost when the rider requires it (storable energy and method of use are defined by the technical regulation). By activating the KERS, the engine can be given about eighty more horsepower, for a duration of approximately 6.67 seconds per lap.


This technology is optional and not all the teams at the start adopt this system, in fact the only ones to show up at the start with this device are Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes and BMW Sauber, with the latter using it on Robert Kubica's car only, for the season in progress.


Another factor that should not be underestimated is the return from 2009 of slick tires, therefore not grooved, and the mono-rubber regime.




The 2009 season turned out to be rather unsuccessful for Ferrari, despite the high expectations of the team from Maranello after the excellent season just played. The car proves complex in the development and almost never competitive and able to win Grand Prix. The car is driven by four drivers: Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Luca Badoer, and Giancarlo Fisichella.


In fact, the Brazilian driver, the victim of a serious accident in the Hungarian Grand Prix practice, will be replaced first by Luca Badoer and then by Giancarlo Fisichella; the characteristics of the car, however, will make the task of the two substitutes difficult, who will not finish any race with points.


The lack of results will lead to finishing the championship in fourth place just one point behind McLaren-Mercedes, which was also experiencing a performance crisis.


On their debut in the championship, the two Ferrari drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, won just three points in four races, collected by the Finn in Bahrain: these results bring Ferrari to last place in the constructors' standings with three points, ahead of only to Force India which has not yet scored points.


In the following races, Ferrari found competitiveness by grabbing the first podium of the season thanks to Räikkönen's third place in Monaco, while in the same race Massa finished fourth, also making the fastest lap in the race.


Other good results that testify to Ferrari's good moment come from Massa who obtained the first podium of the season in Germany, finishing third, after only qualifying eighth.


Thanks to these good placings, the Brazilian climbs to fifth place in the standings with 22 points, 46 points from championship leader Jenson Button, while Räikkönen is in tenth place in the standings with 10 points, 12 points behind Massa.


In the qualifying of the next event in Hungary, Massa suffered a very serious accident caused by the loss on the Hungaroring circuit of a spring, which broke off from the rear of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn and hitting his helmet, causing him to go off the track at Turn 4.


The pilot suffers a severe cut to the forehead, a concussion and an injury to the left side of the skull. Räikkönen, however, ranks second, after starting from seventh position, thus obtaining the second podium of his season and the third of the season for the Maranello team.


For the European Grand Prix, the team decides to line up Luca Badoer, Ferrari's test driver in the place of the injured Massa, who finished the season prematurely, but in the Spanish weekend he doesn't score points by crossing the finish line in seventeenth position, also finishing lapped, after having completed the last time in qualifying, while Räikkönen reaches the podium again by crossing the line in third position.


In the following Grand Prix, in Belgium, it is finally the turn of the first victory of the season for Ferrari: Kimi Räikkönen returns to victory almost a year and a half after his last triumph at the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix, while Badoer finishes the race in fourteenth position placed without preceding any driver, coming within one minute and forty-two seconds behind Raikkonen.


After the Grand Prix, Ferrari decided to replace Badoer with Giancarlo Fisichella, who in Belgium with Force India took pole and a second place in the race, behind the Finn from Ferrari.


Even Fisichella, however, will not be able to conquer even a point with Ferrari, obtaining as best result a ninth place in Monza, on the occasion of the Italian Grand Prix, where Räikkönen climbs again on the podium thus extending his streak of consecutive podiums to four.


The last four races of the season did not give Ferrari any satisfaction, and precisely these results did not allow the team from Maranello to overtake McLaren sitting in the third-place constructors' standings.


Ferrari therefore ends the season in fourth place in the standings with 70 points behind Brawn, Red Bull and McLaren ahead of Ferrari by only one point, while Räikkönen ends the season in sixth place in the standings with 48 points, competing for the fifth place in the standings with Lewis Hamilton until the last race, obtaining a victory in Belgium and five total podiums, while Felipe Massa, injured in the tenth race in Hungary, ends the season in eleventh place with 22 points, thanks also to the only podium conquered in Germany.


Andrea Rasponi

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