Ferrari F310

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Ferrari F310/B
Category Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Team/s Scuderia Ferrari
Designer John Barnard
Drivers 1./5. Michael Schumacher
2./6. Eddie Irvine
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) pushrod with torsion bars
Suspension (rear) pushrod with torsion bars
Engines Ferrari 046 (1996) and 046/2 (1997) 75-degree V10 engine
Gearbox Ferrari six- or seven-speed transverse semi-automatic
Fuel Royal Dutch Shell
Tyres Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Debut 1996 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 33
List of Formula One World Constructors' Champions 0
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions 0
Race victories 8
Pole positions 7
Fastest laps 5

The Ferrari F310, and its evolution, the F310B, was the Formula One racing car with which the Ferrari team competed in the 1996 Formula One season and 1997 Formula One season seasons. It was driven in both years by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine.

The F310 and F310B won a total of eight Grands Prix, 22 podiums, 7 pole positions and 172 points. The car would set the ground work for the next year car, the F300 which would also take the championship to the final round in 1998 Formula One season.

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F310


The developed version of the F310 in the 1996 Formula One season, also known as F310/2, had a high nose and debuted at the 1996 Canadian Grand Prix.

The F310 proved to be a front-running car, but without the outright pace or superb reliability which led to the Williams FW18 dominating 1996. Schumacher was able to win three Grands Prix, but the F310's shortcomings were shown by Irvine's run of eight consecutive retirements, most of them mechanical, as well as three straight double retirements. Development also proved troublesome, with the cars having to use the 1995 Formula One season car's parts early in the season whilst structural problems were cured.

This car was notable as being the first Ferrari F1 car to stray from the traditional V12 engine format into the then more conventional V10 engine format. The name F310 refers to the engine type, a 3 litre, 10 cylinder (V10 engine) - a similar nomenclature consistent with that used for Ferrari's F1 cars from 1966 to 1980, and more recently, 2006 (the 312, 312B, 312T, and Ferrari 248). The engine was also called the 310.

The F310 was the only car in the 1996 field to have a low nose, with the high nose now very much in vogue and aerodynamically preferred. From the word go chief designer John Barnard announced his intentions to design a high held nose for the car, saying that the F310 would be an ongoing project with the ultimate goal to win the world championship.

F310B


Michael Schumacher drove his F310B to second place at the 1997 German Grand Prix.
Ferrari F310B steering wheel

With the hiring of Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn to replace Barnard, part of the dream-team that would give Ferrari six straight contructors' championships from 1999 Formula One season to 2004 Formula One season, they used the F310 as a base for the F310B. The car was slightly more streamlined but still lacked both the engine performance and the aero-package of the ultra successful WilliamsF1-Renault F1 package of the Williams FW19.

Regardless, double-champion Michael Schumacher held truth on his 1995 promise that "in 1996 we will win three grand prix, then in 1997 we will challenge for the championship" by taking the challenge to the last round. He was however unable to hold off a storming drive by title challenger Jacques Villeneuve and a botched attempt at blocking the line ended up with Schumacher in the gravel, retired and eventually to have his second place in the championship stricken.

Complete Formula One results


(F1 driver results legend 2) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1996 Formula One season Ferrari Ferrari V10 engine Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 1996 Australian Grand Prix 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix 1996 Argentine Grand Prix 1996 European Grand Prix 1996 San Marino Grand Prix 1996 Monaco Grand Prix 1996 Spanish Grand Prix 1996 Canadian Grand Prix 1996 French Grand Prix 1996 British Grand Prix 1996 German Grand Prix 1996 Hungarian Grand Prix 1996 Belgian Grand Prix 1996 Italian Grand Prix 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix 1996 Japanese Grand Prix 70 2nd
Michael Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret DNS Ret 4 9 1 1 3 2
Eddie Irvine 3 7 5 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret
1997 Formula One season Ferrari Ferrari V10 engine Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 1997 Australian Grand Prix 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix 1997 Argentine Grand Prix 1997 San Marino Grand Prix 1997 Monaco Grand Prix 1997 Spanish Grand Prix 1997 Canadian Grand Prix 1997 French Grand Prix 1997 British Grand Prix 1997 German Grand Prix 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix 1997 Belgian Grand Prix 1997 Italian Grand Prix 1997 Austrian Grand Prix 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix 1997 Japanese Grand Prix 1997 European Grand Prix 102 2nd
Michael Schumacher 2 5 Ret 2 1 4 1 1 Ret 2 4 1 6 6 Ret 1 Ret
Eddie Irvine Ret 16 2 3 3 12 Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 10 8 Ret Ret 3 5

References

  • Alan Henry (1996). AUTOCOURSE 1996-97. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 46–48. ISBN 1-874557-91-8. 
  • Alan Henry (1997). AUTOCOURSE 1997-98. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 58–61. ISBN 1-874557-47-0. 
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