A new dial on the Ferrari SF70-H’s steering wheel could explain why Scuderia Ferrari has been so strong during races so far this year.
According to Motorsport.com, a new dial reading ‘Grip’ has appeared on Ferrari’s steering wheel with settings ranging from 1-12. It’s believed the dial adjusts how the car treats its tires and how it handles, which would explain why the SF70-H performs so well on used rubber and appears easier on tires than Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ W08.
Merceds team boss Toto Wolff acknowledged the Ferrari’ strengths over the weekend, saying how the Italian team’s car appears to operate well in a large range of tire temperatures, giving it better drivability.
“The wider the window is, and the easier you put the car into the tyre window, the faster you go,” Wolff said. “The more narrow it is, the more difficult it is to hit the window, and this is what we are seeing at the moment.”
“The Ferrari seems to be a car that is pretty robust in a wider window temperature than ours, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s Bahrain, where it’s very hot, or Sochi where it’s cold. It’s just a very good car.”
Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel won the season opening Australian Grand Prix and the Bahrain Grand Prix this so far this year. The team also locked out the front row in Russia this past weekend – it’s first sweep of the front row in nine years. Mercedes currently leads the constructor’s championship, while Vettel leads the driver’s championship.