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26 Feb 2014

Ferrari took a different approach to many of the teams with their nose design in 2014, having opted for a low slung snout as opposed to the high sharply falling noses of others it makes placing a cooling slot at the tip more difficult. Furthermore drag is a component that the teams have to face but will do their upmost to reduce as much as possible, this means reducing the amount and size of apertures as much as possible. This is even more important in 2014 because of the management of inlet/oulet sizes used to cool the powerunits. With this in mind Ferrari have designed the F14-T with a removal panel on top of the chassis, this can be changed according to the circuit temperatures and individual driver preferences meaning they won't be affected by the induced drag at every circuit.


During day 4 of the pre-season test in Bahrain we see that the team replaced the panel on top of the chassis with one that features two NACA ducts to help cool the cockpit.
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