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Ferrari plans to have new F1 simulator in control by early 2022

Ferrari announced last July that it had accomplished work on a brand new state-of-the-art simulator facility at Fiorano after two years of labor, developed by the British firm Dynisma. 

The crew revealed on the time that it was aiming to have it up and operating for the ultimate levels of the 2021 season, in addition to serving to the event of its 2022 automotive underneath the brand new technical rules.

Whereas the simulator was first utilized in September, Ferrari has spent the previous few months working with its drivers to calibrate it and get it in control. It was first used for race assist over the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend.

Talking to pick out media in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies defined that the objective was to have it absolutely up and operating within the early a part of subsequent yr.

“We began utilizing it with drivers in it in September, however it takes one month, two months, three months to really get to validate it,” Mekies stated.

“I feel Mattia stated we used it for the race assist final weekend for the primary time.

“It doesn’t imply that the correlation has completed. It’s a part of the cycle to really have that information level that may be a very particular information level.

“However actually, is it working at full pace? No. When is that going to be? In all probability within the early months of subsequent yr.

“In order that’s the one we’re utilizing, that’s the one we’re engaged on. Is it already at full potential? No not at in any respect.”

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21

Picture by: Jerry Andre / Motorsport Images

The brand new simulator has full driver in-the-loop capabilities, as utilized by plenty of different groups. Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon are Ferrari’s two predominant F1 simulator drivers.

Ferrari is continuous to make use of its earlier simulator to assist with the transition course of to the brand new facility, which Mekies stated provided a “huge step” and had solely been seen by an “extraordinarily restricted” variety of folks inside Ferrari.

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“From a useful resource perspective, you don’t wish to keep in that transition section for too lengthy,” Mekies stated.

“It’s additionally why you see us switching to the brand new one for the race assist, although we’re not 100% but, as a result of it’s vitality consuming to go from one to the opposite.

“However sure, for transition, it must be a time of [using] them collectively.”

Charles Leclerc stated in Abu Dhabi that the brand new Ferrari simulator “seems nice”, however that he was but to have carried out any work in it.

“I feel it must be an enchancment on completely all the things we really feel, particularly for the sensation of the motive force,” stated Leclerc.

“It’s very tough to recreate these Gs that we undergo in the true automotive. So, it is going to be totally on that – on the sensation of the motive force that may be an enchancment. However I haven’t tried it but.”

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