I was impressed with the Ferrari, but as usual, it's short lived after seeing the Red Bull and Mercedes. Ferrari just always seem at least a year behind in terms of packaging, and are much less adventurous in regards to suspension design(probably still suffering from PTSD after 2011).
My guess is that Ferrari are too afraid to compromise on engine performance in any way as engines are what they're known for, but this creates a situation where their drivetrain package as a whole is more cumbersome than others, reducing the possibilities for the aero guys to slim things down more. The gains this year are not bad by any means, but it's come with compromises(sidepods are wider this year) that other teams tend to be able to avoid or at least minimize while still making similar or even more impressive gains.
I think there is some truth to your statements, certainly the level of refinement and attention to details seems to be missing a bit compared to Mercedes & RedBull.
This has always been the case (in the past few years) and it might not be a coincidence.
Our car has taken a good step forward in terms of refinement compared to what we had in previous years, for example the side-pod design has clearly taken a big step forward, Ferrari were so conservative on this front for year and now we finally make some steps forward.
It's the same story with the suspension and front-end of the car... but I must say that this year car looks very refined and with a good level of complexity along the bargeboard/crash structure/side-pod area so there is progress.
I feel there is more to be gained on the front-end, Ferrari almost never touches that area and when they do it's only subtle changes, for example both Mercedes & RedBull and McLaren have moved towards a lower cross section nose, slimmer at the front in order to gain airflow and improve aero performance, we are quite classical in that respect.
Secretly I hope we will see quite large change on the front, the current design looks way to conservative and very similar to last year but we will see in Barcelona what the team has in stored.
Edited by Unicast, 14 February 2020 - 16:04.