Scuderia Ferrari have unveiled their new contender the SF16-H for the 2016 season during an online special presentation with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen taking off the covers at the team’s home base in Maranello.
Ferrari’s new contender has been given a fresh new look with white and black sections joining the traditional red scheme and has a striking resemblance to the 312T of the 70’s. Another noticeable feature is the new stubby nose.
As expected, the Scuderia have abandoned their pull-rod suspension, reverting to a more conventional push-rod system. The newer configuration should give the car a sharper front end which should suit both driving styles of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Underneath the bodywork, Ferrari’s power-unit has been revised to minimise space giving the car a narrower rear end.
“It looks beautiful and should be a decent step up.” said Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
The new car is the first Technical Director James Allison has designed in it’s entirety, but the Scuderia which last won a world championship in 2008 are under mounting pressure from president Sergio Marchionne to deliver success and it will be considered a ‘tragedy’ if the team’s title drought extends to 10 years.
“I can’t wait to take it racing.” said Allison of his new creation. “We are very confident we can achieve good results this season.”
Speaking at the launch, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene explained: “We hope that this will be a winning car and it will be a myth for us. This car is the result of the commitment of many, many people, logistics, and this car will head off to Barcelona in a few hours and there we will test its real value.”
Arrivabene discussed the car’s prospects, with an eye for overtaking Mercedes and claiming the titles. “Normally I am not setting the objectives, my boss sets the objective for the team,”
“I think this year, we need to push a bit more. We would like to fight until the end for the championship.” he concluded.
Ferrari finished runner-up to Mercedes in the 2015 championship, after making sizeable performance gains, with new arrival Vettel claiming three victories and a pole position over the course of the season.
The SF16-H will officially debut on Monday when pre-season testing commences at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. However, the Maranello marque have scheduled a private filming day the day before testing in which the car will be given it’s first unofficial run.
Written by Michael Terminello