FERRARI have taken the covers off the car they hope will end Mercedes’ recent dominance of Formula 1.
The car, named the SF70-H, was unveiled online ahead of the team’s filming day at their Fiorano test track when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will each drive the car for the first time.
Ferrari’s new challenger features a distinctive mini wing across the top of the shark fin-shaped engine cover, which has been a feature on most 2017 cars revealed so far. The sidepods are also aggressively shaped with high, narrow air inlets.
“The lengthened nose and the arrow-shaped wing are a consequence of the regulations, as is the obvious fin on the engine cover and the more complex aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the sidepods, whose unusual shape was designed in harmony with the front crash structure,” said a Ferrari statement.
“Visible at the front is a duct that has an aerodynamic role, while behind the driver, the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake has been completely redesigned. Also updated is the suspension layout, which still retains a push rod design at the front with pull rods at the rear.”
Ferrari also described their V6 power unit as a “definite step forward” for 2017 as they bid to wipe out their remaining engine deficit to Mercedes.
While Ferrari boast an all-champion driver line-up in the form of the Raikkonen-Vettel partnership, the Scuderia last won the Constructors’ Championship almost 10 years ago in 2008.
After an encouraging 2015 campaign, when they emerged as Mercedes’ closest rivals, the team’s on-track performances regressed again last year when they failed to win a single race and made a series of high-profile tactical blunders.
In 2017 there can be no more excuses.