Ferrari Hits At FIA for Aerodynamic Focus in F1
Needless to say, those claims come after Ferrari have struggled with the aero development of their 150 Italia in the early stages of this season, being forced to send their car back to the wind tunnel and figure out a way to increase downforce. That being said, Di Montezemolo told the media last week that F1 should not be about building airplanes, while Domenicali now states it's unacceptable for a series to focus only on aerodynamics and not also on the engine and mechanical areas.
“Actually, in Formula One at the moment there is really only aerodynamic development,” said Domenicali in a recent interview with Germany's Auto Bild. “It is 90 per cent of the performance which from the perspective of a car manufacturer such as Ferrari is unacceptable.”
“The future of the automobile is not in the aerodynamics; only a small portion of our (road car) budget is in this area. If we had the same approach for Formula One, we would not qualify for the races. So there is an imbalance between real cars and Formula One,” he further argued.
Furthermore, Domenicali admitted that Ferrari are not exactly top runners in this new aerodynamic era of Formula 1 and that's why the team – as well as other rivals – is copying Red Bull's systems, such as the flexible front wing, developed by design guru Adrian Newey (regarded as the best in the field at designing cars).