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Ferrari 248 F1

Michael Schumacher driving the 248 F1 at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari 248 F1
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Category Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Team Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Designers Rory Byrne
Aldo Costa
Drivers 5. Michael Schumacher
6. Felipe Massa
Chassis Carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear) Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs
Engine Ferrari 056, Mid-mounted 2.4 litre V8 (90°)
Gearbox Ferrari longitudinal gearbox limited-slip differential, 7 gears + reverse
Fuel Shell
Tyres Bridgestone
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races competed 16
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 9
Pole positions 8
Fastest laps 8


The Ferrari 248 F1 is a Formula One car, designed by Aldo Costa and Rory Byrne for the 2006 season.


Name and livery

The car is named after its V8 engine - 24 is the capacity in decilitres, and 8 the number of cylinders. The name breaks the F200x system used from 2001 to 2005, and returns to a system previously used in the 1950's and 1960's (cf. Ferrari 312). The 248 model was driven by race drivers Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa. The 248 F1 is the first Ferrari since the F1 2000 not to wear the number one, denoting that the driver is world champion. The car also features new sponsor decals such as Martini.

Chassis

The car was an update of the previous year's F2005. Although the V8 engine is shorter than the V10 used in the F2005, the wheelbase is actually the same - a new longer gearbox casing has been used.

Aerodynamics

Some notable features of the new model are the rear view mirrors, which are now mounted on the edge of the sidepods of the car rather than conventional position beside the cockpit.

At the start of the season the car featured a triple plane front wing. After the first three races, it was replaced by a twin plane wing, in order to generate more airflow to the underside and diffuser.

Revised rear bodywork was introduced for the French Grand Prix, with a more wasited lower body around the exhausts.

Engine

The engine has been reported to have had a power output of 730bhp at the start of the 2006 season, but modifications throughout the year boosted the power to around 785bhp by the season's end.

2006 season

Main article: 2006 Formula One season

The 248 F1 was used by Ferrari in every race of the 2006 season, unlike in other recent seasons (2002, 2003 and 2005), in which the team had used the previous year's car at the start of the season, while developing a new car.

The car performed well in qualifying at the season opener, the Bahrain Grand Prix, with an all Ferrari front row. However the performance of the car was generally not as fast as the Renault R26 in the first half of the season. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, the car suffered siginficant technical problems - a piston problem meant that both drivers had to change their engines during the weekend, incurring qualifying penalties, and for the race the engine speed was limited to prevent a failure. This problem continued to affect the car for the Australian Grand Prix

An aerodynamic upgrade introduced for the San Marino Grand Prix brought the pace of the car to approximately level with the Renault. At the United States Grand Prix, in Indianapolis, Ferrari were dominant all weekend, resulting in the first Ferrari one-two finish since the same race 12 months beforehand. This seemed to represent a genuine turning point for the car's competitiveness. Modifications throught the season continued to improved the car's performance, to the point where it was considered the fastest package of all for the remainder of the season - the car won 7 of the last 9 races of the season.

Overall, the car gave Ferrari 9 race wins and 4 pole positions, and second place finished in both the Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships.

2006/2007 winter testing

The F248 has been used in testing prior to the 2007 season, and is the first Ferrari Formula One car which new driver Kimi Räikkönen has driven, in a test on 23rd January 2007 at the Vallelunga circuit.

Race results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2006 Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 055 V8 B BAH MYS AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CDN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 201 2nd
Michael Schumacher 2 6 Ret 1 1 2 5 2 2 1 1 1 8 3 1 1 Ret 4
Felipe Massa 9 5 Ret 4 3 4 9 5 5 2 3 2 7 1 9 Ret 2 1


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Ferrari Formula One cars
40s 1950s 1960s 1970s
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256 156 158
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Personnel:
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
Formula One cars:
125 | 275 | 340 | 375 | 500 | 553 | 625 | 555 | D50 | 801 | 412 | 246 | 256 | 156 | 158 | 1512 | 312 | 312B | 312T | 126C | 156/85 | F1/86 | F1/87 | 640 | 641 | 642 | 643 | F92A | F93A | 412T | F310 | F310B | F300 | F399 | F1-2000 | F2001 | F2002 | F2002B | F2003-GA | F2004 | F2004M | F2005 | 248 | F2007 | F2008 | F60 | F10 | 150° Italia | F2012