Ferrari have taken the covers off the car they hope will end their teams winning drought, the SF70-H, at their private Fiorano test track in Italy.
As ever the car features the red paint scheme synonymous with Ferrari, with the Italian tricolour running down the white shark fin on the rear of the car. While the shark fin has been seen on many of the cars this season current champions Mercedes have opted not to run one. Instead going down the route of a distinctive mini wing on the back, a feature that can also be seen on the SF70-H, with the mini wing on top of the shark fin. Another area where Ferrari seem to be differing is their aggressively shaped sidepods with high, narrow air inlets.
Ferrari were quick to comment about the aero of the car in a statement released with their car. “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.”
Last season was definitely not a vintage year for Ferrari, after they failed to win a single race all season. The team were close however, but bad strategy calls in Australia and Canada ultimately cost the team their victories. While other less high-profile tactical blunders cost the team podiums, and points too. It was clear these errors were frustrating both the team and the drivers, with many reporting a rift forming between Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and driver Sebastian Vettel. The two have been quick to deny the rumours, however it was clear all was not well at Ferrari. With frustrations spilling over to the track too, as seen in Mexico with Vettel’s epic meltdown on the radio at Charlie Whiting. Fellow Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen took advantage of having an unsettled team mate and went on to have the better second half of the season. But still it wasn’t enough, and as a result Ferrari finished third in the Constructor’s Championship behind Mercedes and Red Bull.
While Ferrari boast the same all champion driver line-up of Raikkonen and Vettel again this season, the Italian team needs the pair to start delivering the podiums and wins if they stand any chance of taking a season long fight to Mercedes.
Feature Image Credit: Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Press Release.