Scuderia Ferrari has unveiled it’s challenger the SF15-T online from it’s headquarters of Maranello that will contest the 66th running of the FIA Formula One World Championship.
The car is a significant one for Formula One’s oldest, most prestigious and successful team as it marks the start of a new era under new management as well as coinciding with the arrival of Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
The SF15-T is the first Ferrari to be fully designed under technical director James Allison and features more input from Rory Byrne.
It is also the first to be launched under the management of new Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene and new president Sergio Marchionne.
Both the car and power unit will need a dramatic step forward if the Maranello based outfit is to challenge Mercedes at the front of the field, but the car is a lot different to it’s 2014 predecessor the F14T with a new longer nose to conform to the new regulations and tighter bodywork towards the rear.
Arrivabene could not comment on the performance of the car but believes it is “really sexy.”
“Enzo Ferrari said a long time ago that the best car is a winning car,” he began.
“Last year we had an ugly car and a non-winning car on top of this, I like the car of this year in terms of aesthetics, I don’t know about the performance but it’s really sexy.” Arrivabene said.
Arrivabene has already set a target of two wins for the 2015 season and admitted that dreams of winning the championship would be setting the bar too high at this stage in the Italian teams comeback.
“I’m just realistic,” he continued. ” Nobody has the magic to change thing when things are unchangeable.”
“The car was ready actually in December this year and we applied certain modifications that in our opinion were quite interesting, with that I don’t want to say we are going to win the world championship, but for sure we are committed to win two races.” The head of the Gestione Sportiva concluded.
Vettel will get his first taste of the SF15-T on days one and two of pre season testing at Jerez meanwhile team mate Kimi Raikkonen will take days three and four.
Pre season testing begins this Sunday February 1 and concludes Wednesday February 4.
Written by Michael Terminello