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Ferrari F310

Ferrari F310 1996 Schumacher.jpg The developed version of the F310 in the 1996 season, also known as F310/2, had a high nose and debuted at the Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari F310/B
Category Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Team/s Scuderia Ferrari
Designer John Barnard
Drivers 1./5. Michael Schumacher
2./6. Eddie Irvine
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) pushrod with torsion bars
Suspension (rear) pushrod with torsion bars
Engines Ferrari 046 (1996) and 046/2 (1997) 75-degree V10s
Gearbox Ferrari six- or seven-speed transverse semi-automatic
Fuel Shell
Tires Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Debut 1996 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 33
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 8
Pole positions 7
Fastest laps 5
Video Qualifying lap at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ferrari F310-B driven by Michael Schumacher


The Ferrari F310, and its evolution, the F310B, was the Formula One racing car with which the Ferrari team competed in the 1996 and 1997 seasons. It was driven in both years by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine.

The F310 and F310B won a total of eight Grands Prix, 22 podiums, 7 pole positions and 172 points. The car would set the ground work for the next year car, the F300 which would also take the championship to the final round in 1998.


F310

The F310 proved to be a front-running car, but without the outright pace or superb reliability which led to the Williams FW18s dominating 1996. Schumacher was able to win three Grands Prix, but the F310's shortcomings were shown by Irvine's run of eight consecutive retirements, most of them mechanical, as well as three straight double retirements. Development also proved troublesome, with the cars having to use the F1 1995 car's parts early in the season whilst structural problems were cured.

This car was notable as being the first Ferrari F1 car to stray from the traditional V12 engine format into the then more conventional engine format. The name F310 refers to the engine type, a 3 litre, 10 cylinder (V10) - a similar nomenclature consistent with that used for Ferrari's F1 cars from 1966 to 1980, and more recently, 2006 (the 312, 312B, 312T, and Ferrari 248). The engine was also called the 310.

The F310 was the only car in the 1996 field to have a low nose, with the high nose now very much in vogue and aerodynamically preferred. From the word go chief designer John Barnard announced his intentions to design a high held nose for the car, saying that the F310 would be an ongoing project with the ultimate goal to win the world championship.

F310B

Michael Schumacher drove his F310B to second place at the 1997 German Grand Prix.
Ferrari F310B steering wheel

With the hiring of Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn to replace Barnard, part of the dream-team that would give Ferrari six straight contructors' championships from 1999 to 2004, they used the F310 as a base for the F310B. The car was slightly more streamlined but still lacked both the engine performance and the aero-package of the ultra successful Williams-Renault package of the FW19.

Regardless, double-champion Michael Schumacher held truth on his 1995 promise that "in 1996 we will win three grand prix, then in 1997 we will challenge for the championship" by taking the challenge to the last round. He was however unable to hold off a storming drive by title challenger Jacques Villeneuve and a botched attempt at blocking the line ended up with Schumacher in the gravel, retired and eventually to have his second place in the championship stricken.

Complete Formula One 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 Points WCC
1996 Ferrari Ferrari V10 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 70 2nd
Michael Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret DNS Ret 4 9 1 1 3 2
Eddie Irvine 3 7 5 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret
1997 Ferrari Ferrari V10 G AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 102 2nd
Michael Schumacher 2 5 Ret 2 1 4 1 1 Ret 2 4 1 6 6 Ret 1 Ret
Eddie Irvine Ret 16 2 3 3 12 Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 10 8 Ret Ret 3 5
Ferrari Formula One cars
40s 1950s 1960s 1970s
8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
125 275
340
375
500 553
625
555
D50
801 412
246
256 156 158
1512
312 312 B 312 T
1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
312 T 126 C 156/85 F1/86 F1/87 640 641 642/643 F92A F93A 412T F310/B F300 F399 F1-2000 F2001 F2001
F2002
F2002B
F2003-GA
F2004 F2004M
F2005
248 F2007


3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari
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