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.
Ferrari has introduced since Mugello test a new front end aero package with the nose cone no longer featuring the L shaped vanes . As a consequence a new set has been transferred to the underbody of the chassis . Compared to the old units the new set is more complex and actually consists of two elements with a curved upwards lower section , lacking also the horizontal connecting winglet ( pointed in Alonso illustration via an arrow) . Both versions are designed to boost the airflow underneath the raised front section of the chassis, but additionally the new set creates significant vortexes over the vertical axis aiming drag cut and a better flow to the diffuser .
Massa adopted right away the new set from the Spanish race after the Mugello test but instead Alonso continues to race ( up to Hungary) with the old ones . It is not the first time to observe Ferrari duo follow different development routes reflecting primary the difference between Alonso’s and Massa’s driving style . Alonso is manhandling the car squeezing the most out of it thus needing a very predictable car and probably the new vanes may have improved the overall aero performance but likely may have caused instability in certain conditions . Another example this season is the Red Bull drivers , Vettel and Webber (exhaust configuration difference this time) .