2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 side-by-side

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Last year’s Ferrari won five races and nearly took Fernando Alonso to the championship.

How does the new F150 compare to the F10? Click each image to view the full-size versions:

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 compared

Different reference points were used to scale the images including tyres and wings. However they should not be considered an exact reflection of the relative dimensions of the two cars.

For further comparison here’s how the F10 looked at the end of last year:

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

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132 comments on 2011 Ferrari F150 and 2010 Ferrari F10 side-by-side

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  1. TomD11 (@tomd11) said on 28th January 2011, 10:55

    Keith, you’ve got it wrong, that’s just two pitures of the F10 :P

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th January 2011, 11:00

      I realise you’re joking but for the sake of anyone who doesn’t realise, yes, these are the 2010 and 2011 cars. It’s not helped by the fact that the 2011 car has much of the 2010 aerodynamic package on.

    • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 11:03

      It’s backside is much more tapered. Ferrari seem to produce well balanced all-round cars. They’re rarely extreme in the preseason. So perhaps we should have expected a reasonable… Moderate looking car, that’s had attention paid to each little part to make the sum of it’s parts a bit of a monster.

      • Macca (@macca) said on 28th January 2011, 11:56

        I was hoping you would do a split screen, half old half new. Maybe it’s still coming, I will keep my fingers crossed.

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 20:17

        You know Hare is definatley right but I couldn’t help being completley underwhelmed when I first saw it.

        • Hare (@hare) said on 29th January 2011, 0:57

          I’ve been wondering about that, and it’s occurred to me that it’s because the car is painted red, with some stickers on it. Hardly Red Bull and not Lotus Renault. It never changes. Not exactly a design work of wonder. So, yeah, underwhelming.

          I think the paint also hides the accents of the design. Kinda like Scarlett Johansson wearing a face full of rouge. Just my opinion mind.

          • lol, yes, tbh the more I look at the cars the more differances I see and the more convinced I am it’s going to be bloody quick, more’s the pity.

            It does just look like the whole things been evolved to the next level.

            I am fearfull for McLaren.

    • miguelF1O (@) said on 28th January 2011, 12:13

      Every Ferrari is beautiful but I dont like the new airbox the old one was prettier, the front suspension is the same and it may be copied by other teams, flatter radiators but not visibly bigger nice packaging of the kers, of course the intro of the moveable wing and very important NEW COLOUR a more reddish colour less orange this reminds me of the teardrop ferrari of the 90’s

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th January 2011, 12:33

        There’s not a huge amount of difference, but these are the main things I have noticed:

        1. New livery – which I think is pretty nifty.

        2. A higher nose and sidepods. I think the sidepods look more sleek than last year, actually.

        3. The engine cover – there is no sharkfin as we saw towards the end of 2010. But if you look closely there seems to be a mini sharkfin right at the bottom. This looks quite nice.

        4. Cleverly mounted mirrors. They seem to be the newest answer to the ban on sidepod-mounted mirrors – but at least they’re not so ugly. :)

        Other than that, aesthically there isn’t too much difference. Scarbs has done a nice little analysis over at his blog, which is worth checking out if you’re into all of the innovations.

        But I did notice the ‘Etihad’ branding has disappeared? Has Ferrari lost yet another sponsor?

        • Henry said on 28th January 2011, 12:46

          ‘Cleverly Mounted mirrors’

          sorry I dont see anything different here from what they were running all of last half of 2010.

          • Bertie said on 28th January 2011, 12:55

            Does anyone know is it has a pull or push rod suspension system at the rear.

          • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 28th January 2011, 13:27

            ‘Cleverly Mounted mirrors’

            Look carefully. They have little wings coming off the tub from which the mirror extends. The mirrors from Spain onwards were hastily developed, so whilst the Ferrari featured these little wings beside the cockpit, the actual mirrors themselves didn’t stem from the wings. I am not an aerodynamicist, but they must have changed it for a reason.

          • US_Peter said on 28th January 2011, 18:21

            They have little wings coming off the tub from which the mirror extends.

            It kind of looks that way in the head-on shot, but if you look at the side view close up it doesn’t appear that the mirror actually extends from that wing. Take a look at this shot: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ferrari_f150_1680_5.jpg

        • Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th January 2011, 13:36

          Etihad and Mubadala. Etihad is no longer on helmets and car, and Mubadala is no longer on the car. On the Ferrari website none of them is present, so I guess that’s two less. But didn’t Mubadala own a part of Ferrari? That’s strange.

          • DeadManWoking (@deadmanwoking) said on 28th January 2011, 14:43

            Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi’s state-backed investment fund, has sold its five percent stake in Ferrari back to Fiat, five years after taking a share in the luxury carmaker.

            This was announced last November 2010.

  2. Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 10:57

    I’m sure the half and half photos are coming :)

  3. I think they have left quite a bit off the car that we will see in Bahrain.
    I guess a decent number of the cars will be evolutions to the 2010 cars rather than radical redesigns.

    • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 11:07

      I think they have left quite a bit off the car that we will see in Bahrain

      Many Ferrari fans would like to believe that, but in the past few years we’ve seen that the car unveiled during launch is the car that races at the the season opener.

      Prime example was the 2009 BMW which was so very horrible when C.Klein test it in the end of 2008 & I never expected that the same trash would be raced at melbourne. Same with Renault 09.

  4. dexterous (@dexterous) said on 28th January 2011, 10:58

    That is the correct comparision …….. side view is brilliant ……….

  5. Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 10:58

    Not much difference except for the sidepods & the raised front wing. And of course the exhaust fed diffuser.

  6. sumedh said on 28th January 2011, 11:00

    If exhaust blown diffusers are banned, why are the exhaust pipes opening up near the bottom of the car just ahead of the rear suspension? I had hoped they would go back to their conventional design.

    • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 11:02

      Maybe to reroute the exhaust to help in stalling of rear wing?

    • Todfod (@todfod) said on 28th January 2011, 11:20

      I think Double diffusers are banned, but you can still use exhaust gases to work add more air flow to a single diffuser

      • McLarenFanJamm said on 28th January 2011, 12:14

        Nope, the EBD’s are banned. Full stop. Although the regulations state that you can blow exhaust gases OVER the top of the diffuser. Not sure how this would aid downforce though

        • Matt Clinch said on 28th January 2011, 13:01

          the fast moving hot exhaust gases will help heat and speed the air coming out of and behind the diffuser, effectively creating a mild pocket of constant lower pressure which will draw air through the diffuser quicker and therefore speed airflow under the car in general which equals more downforce.

          i would think..

        • Henry said on 28th January 2011, 13:02

          in the same way the exhaust blown diffusers helped generate downforce back in the earlier incarnations. sending the flow under the diffuser is merely a more fficient way of doing it, that is all.

    • Henry said on 28th January 2011, 13:01

      Exhaust blown diffusers are not banned, just the holes which send the exhaust gasses under the car into the floor area.

  7. MondoL said on 28th January 2011, 11:01

    I notice something very uncommon at the end of the finn.
    Is like a harpoon shape?

    If you look at the presentation flyaround video on http://www.ferrarif150.com/ stop at 1:09

    • Dazed and Confused said on 28th January 2011, 11:02

      A passive F duct?

      • It’s part of the mechanism for adjusting the moveable rear wing. The ‘V’ is similar to a rear wing used by Williams in Monza last year. It’s just to reduce drag, as far as I know.

  8. MondoL said on 28th January 2011, 11:04

    I would also like to see close ups of the rear wing.
    It looks it has some V cut in the middle, but I can’t figure out the mechanism for moving it. ( yes, ther is something in the middle, but I can’t see how it works properly

    • Jose Teixido said on 28th January 2011, 12:50

      Excuse the quality, but I managed to grab this from the video earlier today.


      It does have a cut on it, and you can see the hinge… my guess?. A huge shark fin is coming and that is where this loop hinge part is getting attached to.

      • Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 28th January 2011, 17:31

        Nice guess. However I doubt even Ferrari would get away with that as shark fins that connect to the rear wing are now banned thanks to an exclusion zone just in front of the rear wing.

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 23:44

        The angle of attack on that rear wing is insane though. Wonder if we’ll see more of that or if it’s just a display peice.

        WOnder if the v is a compensator, or the angle is because of the passive stalling device. WWell whatever, never seen nowt like it.

  9. why don’t you use an updated version of F10 2010 with blown diffuser and compare it with F150

    • wificats (@wificats) said on 28th January 2011, 11:28

      There aren’t any pictures of the updated version of the F10 that are taken in this style, whereas the launch pictures are studio shots taken from all the relevant angles, any shots taken of a car after in-season development will be taken from whichever angle the press photographer can get to, making scaled comparisons much harder/ impossible.

  10. Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 11:06

    Those leaked photos looked to have been a bit of a diversion then.. Cheap trick from Ferrari? :D

  11. Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 11:11

    I remember last year, at this exact stage just after the launch, a number of people commented on how average looking the new f1 car from the red stable was. Then it won the first race of the season in a slightly intimidating fashion… So looks aren’t everything here. It doesn’t have to look like an alien sneeze to be fast, it has to be a well made, well balanced, refined machine with the ability to control the power as it goes down, and maintain it’s poise under heavy braking.

    • TomD11 (@tomd11) said on 28th January 2011, 11:23

      I know, just having a bit of fun. I think I might be being a little harsh because after all the changes across the board last year, this first unveiling was a bit of an anticlimax. As you say, we won’t really know its capabilities until testing or even Bahrain.

      • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 11:29

        Quite. Well, the McLaren is purported to be ‘drastic’. so I’m waiting that with baited breath.

        • David BR said on 28th January 2011, 12:53

          Drastic? Really? Oh no.

        • DeadManWoking (@deadmanwoking) said on 28th January 2011, 14:51

          “baited”, you been eating worms again Hare??

        • Scribe (@scribe) said on 28th January 2011, 23:46

          Oh jeez, hope McLaren learn there lesson and build something they can develop this time. Their car was so over complicated last year they just ran out of things to do.


          • Hare (@hare) said on 29th January 2011, 1:12

            Again I’ve thought about this. If Paddy Lowe’s promotion means that the same team design designs the cars year on year, rather than 2 teams designing cars year on year, the perhaps there will be more consistant development, and a more fluid progression. But I’ll guess we’ll see.

            The longer I wait for the more that word ‘drastic’ sits in my subconscious and conjures up things with teeth, lasers, and can take down sea creatures attacking Japanese cities. So it better be good now!

          • My hope is that drastic is just sily PR noise and they’ve finally got back to developing the all rounders at super pace. It’s what nearly won them it all in 07, won them the WDC in 08, an made them suprise race winners in 09. Winner’s of sod all in 10 because they went extreme on the design circa Williams 04 and found it was impossible to get the most out of.

            Lets not forget, they only got as close as they did because RB didn’t like the idea of titles and Ferrari and Alonso were asleep for the first part of the season. Had those things not happened Macca would be way off.

            Still I will hope on hope when we see the new car.

          • SeattleChris (@seattlechris) said on 30th January 2011, 3:20

            If it was truly sitting “[in] your subconscious,” or rather your unconscious as the term is used academically, then you would not be aware of it; hence, it is not on your mind and you are not actively thinking about it… maybe you’re right! just kidding with ya!

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 28th January 2011, 11:32

      People can’t judge if an F1 car “looks fast,” except for Adrian Newey who apparently can see air flow (in Chuck Norris fashion).

      The F2004 was a pretty conservative looking car, and it certainly wasn’t slow.

    • JimG (@jimg) said on 28th January 2011, 11:55

      Intimidating? As in, it intimidated Vettel’s spark plug into failing? If they can perfect that technology they’ll be unbeatable ;-)

      • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 12:50

        Preseason there was a lot of speculation about the ‘best driver’, going to the ‘greatest team’ and the combination of them together was awaited eagerly by most fans. Which ever camp you were in, you knew that was an ideal partnership, and one that was expected for a long time. So the fear was, they would be strike out and perhaps pull away with the new points system.

        They also hadn’t showed their hand in testing preseason, preferring to do more long stint/race testing rather than all out flying laps to get headlines. So no one really knew how fast the Ferrari was, although the whispers were that they were very fast and had been strategically shy of showing that.

        At Bahrain Both Red Bulls showed fragility, Webber with a cloud of oil smoke and Vettel with his spark plug issue. They had issues in testing too.

        The Ferrari’s were well race paced, reliable solid machines at first showing. In a race that showed little overtaking and was touted as boring, it looked ominous for the season ahead. A potential season of boring, processional races with the best all round package seeming to be Ferrari at that point. Red Bull looking to have reliable woes, and everyone else hanging on to their coat tails. Even McLaren with their f-duct weren’t fast enough to challenge Alonso, being 23 seconds behind.

        Also, you’ll notice the word ‘slightly’ infront of ‘intimating’. Many of the teams behind Ferrari would have felt, at the first meaningful showing, they had to reckon with Ferrari as favourites for the season. Given their record, the preseason hype, new points system with more for the win, the style of the race, a Ferrari 1-2 (again after years of domination), that’s ‘slightly intimating’ for many.

        A few races in however, the perspective was changing as the season start to take shape.

  12. dexterous (@dexterous) said on 28th January 2011, 11:23

    wow you defined why we watch this sport

  13. Alex Bkk said on 28th January 2011, 11:30

    It’s got a much higher front nose this year… and the radiator ducts are smaller… makes me think of the tiny radiator ducts on last seasons car.

    • Hare (@hare) said on 28th January 2011, 11:33

      I assume they’ll be running KERS, so the vents have to be efficient as they’ll also have to cool the KERS, and the KERS battery which is usually in one of the side pods.

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 28th January 2011, 11:55

      If people can’t see the difference between the cars, they aren’t looking hard enough.
      There are several differences to main components of the car. The radiator inlets are more rectangular this year, the air intake is more round, and mounted slightly higher. The exhausts are mounted further back. The nose section is higher, with less of a kink in it. The crane loop has moved further back. Panel edges and fastener locations have been moved.
      The wings are supposedly for appearance only, although we can see that the bottom edge is rounded, and the mounting point for the rear wing is different.

      This is by no means exhaustive, but it’s enough to prove that the car is indeed “new”

  14. You can never read too much into these initial release shots, since they’ll obviously be keeping any clever aerodynamic innovations pretty close to their chests.

    It does look like a case of evolution, not revolution. The higher profile nose is probably to be expected, since it seemed to work so well for Red Bull last year, and with that seems to have come a redesign of the front suspension geometry – the pushrods seemingly entering the nose closer to the top wishbone than the old car. Less of a pronounced V section across the nose as well.

    The point where the front tray meets the chassis is moved further forward as well, presumably to take advantage of the incresed airflow under the nose, and the barge boards are smaller as well. With a smaller inlet on the sidepods, it probably means they have a little more air to work with around this part of the car. They may also be increasing the profile of this area in order to accomodate the KERS battery.

    I believe they’ve moved to a Red Bull style pullrod rear suspension design (probably a common theme now there will be no double diffusers) and as a result the rear of the car has an extremely shallow profile. There also appears to be some kind of vent looking backwards on the engine cover which wasn’t present on the older car. It might be for an oil cooler, or possibly cooling for something related to KERS.

    The only other real change is that they seem to have gone for slightly tighter packaging around the main air intake, shifting the lifting hoop rearwards slightly and adding two vertical planes in front of it. A few teams had this last year, and will again probably be a common trait on the ’11 cars.

    So yeah, a very similar looking car, but with some quite specific differences which hint at the significant mechanical changes under the skin. Can’t wait to see it in its final race trim. Overall the theme seems to be to maximise the use of airflow around the front of the car, and minimise the rear profile for a low-drag setup.

    • I know replying to yourself is pretty douchey, but just to clear up – they haven’t actually opted for the pullrod rear suspension system that many expected to see, however the rear section is still heavily tapered and sports a lower overall profile than last year’s car. Probably thanks to the banning of the double-diffuser.

      I do think we’re going to see some more extreme looking cars as they’re released. This seems fairly conservative, but who knows what secrets are lurking under that red paint.

    • DavidS (@davids) said on 28th January 2011, 12:13

      I believe they’ve moved to a Red Bull style pullrod rear suspension design (probably a common theme now there will be no double diffusers) and as a result the rear of the car has an extremely shallow profile.

      Nope, images show that they are still using a pushrod rear suspension setup.

    • Keith, is it just me or does the Ferrari F150 have a slightly wider track that the F10?

  15. freedo50 (@) said on 28th January 2011, 11:37

    Any ideas what the hole going all the way through the side of the airbox is?

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