The Ferrari F300
was a Formula One
car designed by Rory Byrne
for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
to use in the 1998 season
. It was powered by a 3.0 V10 engine and designed around a narrower track as mandated by the FIA in a series of regulation changes for that season.
The Ferrari F300 was a competitive and reliable car, however it was still aerodynamically inferior to the McLaren MP4/13
. Depsite this, Michael Schumacher
battled his way to second place in the world championship behind Mika Häkkinen
. Ferrari also finished as runners-up in the constructors' championship. The car was an excellent base for the dominance which Ferrari would achieve in the following seasons.
As with all Formula 1 cars, the F300 was heavily and consistently revised during the 1998 season. At the Argentina
, a wider front tyre from Goodyear was introduced which significantly improved the handling of the car. "X-wings" were introduced at the San Marino Grand Prix
, but were later banned due to safety reasons. A longer wheelbase version of the car was introduced for the German
Grand Prix's, and a new spec engine was also designed for the title-deciding Japanese GP
. But the most significant upgrade to the car was introduced at the Canadian GP
, where it received a new diffuser, new rear body panels, a new delta shaped front wing and top exiting exhausts, the latter of which improved cooling and aerodynamics of the car, and was so effective, many other teams copied the... Read More