Ferrari has followed Mercedes in launching its 2018 car on Thursday, revealing the SF71H at its headquarters in Maranello.
Having been the main rival to Mercedes during the 2017 season but seen its challenge fall short due to poor reliability, Ferrari is aiming to end a run of 11 years without a drivers’ championship stretching back to Kimi Raikkonen’s success in 2007.
The SF71H features a radically different sidepod configuration compared to last season’s car, while the Halo features an obvious aerodynamic addition on the top and is blended with the overall red livery. The color scheme features more red than last year’s design following the expiration of its sponsorship deal with Santander that adorned the front and rear wings last year.
Having run a shorter wheelbase than Mercedes last season, Ferrari states “the wheelbase has been changed slightly” on the new car, with it being extended compared to the 2017 car. The Scuderia launched its car two hours after last year’s constructors’ champions, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shaking down the Mercedes at Silverstone.
The SF71H will complete its first laps during a filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday before the official start of pre-season testing at the same venue on Monday.
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