The F2012 had already received several front wing updates before China , thus meaning that some parts of the car should be re-examined to cope better with new aerodynamic elements .
The first step to this direction was taken at China where new turning vanes and bargeboards replaced the old ones . The new turning vanes had a reshaped sharper end with an additional vertical fin, while the bargeboard gained a winglet close to the turning vanes. Furthermore the large triangular chassis vane was replaced by more elegant double winglets spotted just behind the mirror, aiming to reduce further the amount of lift created by the sidepods .
The new chassis winglets were even tested with the old turning vanes-bargeboards, giving the impression that Ferrari was sure on their positive effect but had doubts on the rest updates .
At Monaco Karthikeyan only raced a rear wing having a mini plane on the beam wing (yellow arrow) for extra downforce . Furthermore “THESSAN” sponsorship logo was added on the endplates .
HRT managed for a small team to produce a major upgrade pack for the first 2012 European race at Spain . The new package apart from the new front wing , middle zone and rear bodywork changes included a new rear wing . The endplate bottom of the new wing is less boxy bottoms and has horizontal gills instead of circular . Clearly the middle zone changes (analyzed here) triggered the endplate changes close to the diffuser area which look now more Red Bullish .
F112 launch version lacked any bargeboards but soon a set of 2011 (F111) alike flow conditioners added on the car before Melbourne . At Spain the team moved not a year back but two instead by placing a 2010 (F110) alike set ! The two years dated bargeboard has a saw tooth upper profile and does not extend behind the sidepod panel (no1 in the image below) but ends exactly where the floor surface starts . That itself proves that old parts could sometimes be more effective than newer ones and should never be forgotten .Worth’s remembering though that F112 chassis is based on the same 2010 Dallara chassis opted to regulation changes .
The new bargeboards dictated the sidepod panel’s vertical slot to move slightly to the rear (no 3) , some changes to the rear zone and finally the floor vanes become thicker , longer and more aerodynamic (no 2) to cope better with the new set .
At Spain a new front wing made appearance with a revised and more elegant second flap . The horizontal slot that divided the second flap is now gone while the main flap turned from red to black color . HRT raced the new wing even at low downforce tracks of Canada , Belgium and Italy but of reduced attack angle to minimize drag .
A positive change for the team was the addition of sponsorship logos at endplates since Belgium ( KH-7) and flaps since Monza (ermestel) . Sponshorship is vital for each team and one of its main economic funding sources .
A minor livery change occurred at Mugello. Particularly the nose pillars adopted since then a semi black color , bringing into memory the old black-red livery that Ferrari used to race many years ago .
Speaking for Ferrari’s livery ,it changed from a red-black livery in 1990’s to a red-white in 2000’s, then into a full red one (2007) to return back to red-white recently. It gives me a clue to expect next year black colored front and rear wing flaps .
By the GP of Hungary Ferrari introduced at least 7 different front wing specs . The major wing revisions came alongside with extensive changes on the car reflecting the team’s will to erase the race pace handicap shown from early winter testing between the F2012 and the top cars (McLaren , Red Bull , Mercedes or even Lotus) . However some minor changes took place independently .
The most striking feature of all concepts is the multiple flap design close to the endplates . At past Mc Laren raced with four or even five flapped wings but those concepts were abandoned due to revised 2009 technical rules . However slots on flaps are still allowed , a freedom which Ferrari took advantage to the maximum and opened a new era that I call “a Ventalia” type design.