Ferrari F14 T and F138 - front

Ferrari F14 T and F138 compared

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The Ferrari F14 T is the fifth new car for the 2014 season to appear.

By comparing it with its predecessor, the F138, we can see evidence of many of the major changes in rules for the coming season, and Ferrari’s solutions to them.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - front

As with the other cars seen so far, it’s the treatment of the awkward rules governing the dimensions of the nose and the crash structure which attract immediate attention.

While other teams so far appear to have gone down the route of using a long, thin addition to the nose to satisfy the rules, Ferrari’s drops down sharply at the front.

However the front-on view reveals another interesting aspect of Ferrari’s car, and potentially a more significant one. The cooling vents in the side pod are noticeably smaller than those seen on other cars such as the McLaren MP4-29, whose vents look more like something from the V10.

Cooling is a major talking point this year as the high temperatures generated by the new turbo and uprated engine recovery systems. Have Ferrari found a more efficient solution than Mercedes, whose powertrain is in the McLaren?

The pull-rod front suspension, which Ferrari began using in 2012, remains on the car. However McLaren, who switched to pull-rod last year, have reverted to push-rod for this year’s car.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - top

The side and top views of the car reveal the enlarged dimensions of the rear of the car. Although cars have less fuel to carry this year – they are limited to 100kg per race – the new engines and ancillary components take up more space.

Ferrari F14 T and F138 - side

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33 comments on “Ferrari F14 T and F138 compared”

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  1. The aerodynamic differences are dramatic. Ferarri must elated to have a wind tunnel again. I wonder if the wider sloped nose will help with front end traction. Many drivers have stated that they think the new cars will have grip issues. Time will tell who made the right choice in noses

    1. I dont think the noses are as crucial to the aerodynamics as us fans would think

  2. About air-cooling, I don’t think that the engine cooling is as much the issue as is keeping the bigger KERS system running. This has been an issue with Red Bull since KERS was first put into play. Adrian Newey always likes to keep things tight and small. But any team that has to turn the KERS limiter down or off will greatly suffer against those who have it running.

  3. SO Ferrari are calling this years car the FIAT!

  4. So Ferrari are calling their 2014 car the FIAT, might as well call it the Fiat uno turbo.

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