It happened today – 10 March

It happened today – 10 March

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28 years ago today was also a Monday and the Ferrari F1-86 Formula 1 car was launched, to be driven in the World Championship by Italy’s Michele Alboreto and Sweden’s Stefan Johansson. The car was new but it incorporated the best aspects of the previous year’s machine. Among the most obvious changes was the faired-in bodywork that incorporated the rollover bar, while the internal airflow to cool the radiators and the heat exchangers were almost unchanged. The suspension was modified and the driving position was even further forward. There was an increase in engine power thanks to a increase in turbo pressure, which reached very high levels for qualifying. Despite all this technical efforts, 1986 was a barren year in terms of wins for Ferrari. Its best result was a second place for Alboreto in Austria, but the F1-86 was no match for its main rivals, McLaren, Lotus and Williams. In the Constructors’ classification the Scuderia was only fourth on 37 points, with Johannson the best of the two drivers in fifth.

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