Sebastian Vettel needed a second-placed finish at the Mexican GP to keep his championship hopes alive. Upon hearing the news that third-placed Kimi Raikkonen was a further 23 seconds up the road from him and the number of laps remaining fast running out, his reaction was priceless.
“Mama Mia,” the steady German replied.
We only mention this, because upon seeing the new Ferrari FXX K Evo over the weekend, our collective reaction was equally pithy. A 1,036bhp, harder version of the track-only FXX K that bullies the air around it into submission? Mama Mia indeed.
The Evo is a development of the Ferrari FXX K, which is a weird sentence to say because not once in its lifetime have we ever thought, ‘yeah, that could do with a bit of tweaking’. But tweak it Ferrari has.
The headline to zero in on is the increased downforce over the ‘regular’ FXX K, thanks to a raft of changes including a new fixed rear wing with many cool things. Here, we want to take a moment to comprehend the Evo’s numbers. We suspect you might too.
Three-point harnesses all bolted up? Good. Let’s begin…