The undisclosed secret behind a Ferrari fiasco

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The undisclosed secret behind a Ferrari fiasco





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Ferrari F92A


Although Ferrari is today a team that sets itself the goal of winning races and fighting for the world championship, a few decades ago the Italian team was in a very different way.

One of his most difficult campaigns was in 1992 when Ferrari introduced the F92A, a bold but disastrous car. He harvested just 21 points and two visits to the podium in a year plagued by track departures and reliability problems.

At the time, the car’s aerodynamics – and specifically its double-deck concept – was blamed for its poor performance, but an interview with Jean alesi He has unearthed a new perspective on what happened.

So with the help of the knowledge of one of its designers, Jean-Claude Migeot, we clarify what really happened that year.

Rather than being a problem with the chassis, it is now suggested that the root of the drawback was actually in its V12 power unit.

Alesi said to Motorsport.com: “The engine was suffering from decompression, that is, there was an oil leak from the piston rings in the combustion chamber.

“This caused 40-50 bhp to be lost. But in the Ferrari tradition, it couldn’t be said that it was the V12’s fault. Instead, the blame was attributed to the car, which is a shame because the concept was interesting.” .


Ferrari F92A (644) 1992 exploded detail view


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Ferrari F92A (644) 1992 exploded detail view

Ferrari F92A (644) 1992 exploded detail view

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Ferrari F92A double floor


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Ferrari F92A double floor

Ferrari F92A double floor

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It was too easy to attribute the failure of this car to the bold new aerodynamic package the team had created, with its second-deck fighter jet-type sidepods. It looked and worked very differently than anything else on the grill.

At that time, it was suggested that the double deck flex, and therefore the downforce became unstable, making the car difficult to control. Migeot said that was not the case.

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“We had to use an extra oil tank to be able to finish the races with enough lubricant, which only added to the difficulties we had in mounting the new mono-shock front suspension.”


The single-shock front suspension of the Ferrari F92A


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The single-shock front suspension of the Ferrari F92A

The single-shock front suspension of the Ferrari F92A

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In that same year, the Dallara BMS it had been equipped with the Ferrari V12 engine from the previous year and had higher top speeds. And at one point there was a discovery in the middle of the year.

“We were sent to do a test on a high-speed track with Jean Alesi, in the presence of Sante Ghedini (Ferrari sports director) to find out why we couldn’t achieve a good top speed,” added Migeot.

“They mounted the engine of the previous year in the car: Alesi immediately understood that it felt like another car with more power …”


Comparison between the Ferrari F92A and the F93A


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Comparison between the Ferrari F92A and the F93A

Comparison between the Ferrari F92A and the F93A

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Comparing the 92A and the 93A we can see how the exhaust pipes had to be raised to accommodate the double floor layout, while the radiators were wider to compensate for their lack of height.

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The car that changed the history of Formula 1Why the double-chassis Lotus 88 was bannedThe car had a lot of downforce, something that showed in the wet, as Migeot describes.

“We gave a demonstration of the car’s ability at Magny Cours when it started to rain. Everyone was on the track with slicks, but Jean was the last to return to the pits for the tire change as the F92A had a lot of grip even in the wet. ”


The floor of the Ferrari F92B


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The floor of the Ferrari F92B

The floor of the Ferrari F92B

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Migeot also explained that although Ferrari knew the car had good downforce, their attempts to understand and develop the car only made things worse.

For example, he created a version of the double deck to verify that the instability of the car was not the fault of his difficult behavior.

So it was decided to equip the car with a transverse gearbox. Migeot said: “It was more compact, but also wider, so it ruined the flow path in the two channels. In short, we were going slower and slower.”


Ferrari F92A gearboxes comparison


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Ferrari F92A gearboxes comparison

Ferrari F92A gearboxes comparison

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Ferrari F92A - F92AT comparison


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Ferrari F92A – F92AT comparison

Ferrari F92A – F92AT comparison

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“It was a huge disappointment because I became the scapegoat for a situation I was not handling. And it was a great shame because the F92A had a very long flat bottom that managed to generate a lot of load. It was a concept that had to be developed. However, it was banned the following year because of a change in regulations. ”

“Ferrari has always lived in the myth of its engines, so there was no criticism of the V12 because it would have been like cursing in church. Although it was obvious to everyone that the engine was the F92A’s big problem, the blame was laid. about aerodynamics. “

Technical gallery:

Side view of the Ferrari F92A



Side view of the Ferrari F92A


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Side view of the Ferrari F92A


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Side view of the Ferrari F92A showing the car without the upper body part and the lower deck.

Comparison of gearboxes on the Ferrari F92



Comparison of gearboxes on the Ferrari F92


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Comparison of gearboxes on the Ferrari F92


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Comparing the design of the F92A and the F92TA that appeared later in the 1992 season.

Exhaust from the Ferrari F92A (644) 1992



Exhaust from the Ferrari F92A (644) 1992


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Exhaust from the Ferrari F92A (644) 1992

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The exhaust layout of the F92A, which had to be higher due to sidepod restrictions.

Air flow in the Ferrari F92A



Air flow in the Ferrari F92A


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Air flow in the Ferrari F92A

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A sample of how the air flow moved around the various surfaces of the Ferrari F92A.

Double floor in Toro Rosso STR6



Double floor in Toro Rosso STR6


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Double floor in Toro Rosso STR6

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Curiously, the concept had a sort of revival when Toro Rosso placed its sidepods high on the STR6.

Toro Rosso STR6



Toro Rosso STR6


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Toro Rosso STR6

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Side view of the STR6 from 2011.







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Review in photos the 1992 Ferrari season:

Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ferrari F92A


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Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi’s Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi's Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi’s Ferrari F92A

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Engine and rear suspension detail on a Ferrari F92A



Engine and rear suspension detail on a Ferrari F92A


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Engine and rear suspension detail on a Ferrari F92A

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Jean-Claude Migeot, Ferrari Aerodynamicist



Jean-Claude Migeot, Ferrari Aerodynamicist


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Jean-Claude Migeot, Ferrari Aerodynamicist

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari with Nelson Piquet



Jean Alesi, Ferrari with Nelson Piquet


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari with Nelson Piquet

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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford and Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford and Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford and Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean-Claude Migeot, aerodynamicist for Ferrari



Jean-Claude Migeot, aerodynamicist for Ferrari


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Jean-Claude Migeot, aerodynamicist for Ferrari

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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4 / 7A Honda, Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford, Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A and Martin Brundle, Benetton B191B Ford



Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4 / 7A Honda, Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford, Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A and Martin Brundle, Benetton B191B Ford


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Ayrton Senna, McLaren MP4 / 7A Honda, Michael Schumacher, Benetton B191B Ford, Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A and Martin Brundle, Benetton B191B Ford

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Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari



Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari


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Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari

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Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari



Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari


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Pierluigi Martini, Dallara BMS-192 Ferrari

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A


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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A


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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A


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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A

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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork



Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork


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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork

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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork



Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork


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Michael Schumacher, Benetton B192 Ford, collides with Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, at the fork

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, after spinning



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, after spinning


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A, after spinning

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Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari



Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari


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Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



1992: Ferrari F92A


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1992: Ferrari F92A

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92AT



1992: Ferrari F92AT


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1992: Ferrari F92AT

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92AT



1992: Ferrari F92AT


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1992: Ferrari F92AT

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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A



Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A


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Jean Alesi, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A


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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari



Ivan Capelli, Ferrari


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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92A



Ferrari F92A


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Ferrari F92A

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Ivan Capelli, Ferrari F92AT



1992: Ferrari F92A


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1992: Ferrari F92A

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