Ferrari SF70H is the 2017 F1 challenger hoping to outwit Red Bull and Mercedes on the back of new rule changes; features aggressive sidepods and T-wings
Ferrari has become the sixth team to reveal its new F1 car, the SF70H, as it focusses on regularly competing at the sharp end of the field with Mercedes in terms of outright pace. The famed Italian outfit streamed the launch of its new challenger online, as had been the customary case in recent years, from Fiorano.
Later in the day, it headed out on track for the filming day run. They are a plenty of notable changes in the Ferrari SF70H such as a T-shaped wing fitted to the shark fin engine cover, as similar to what was seen on the Mercedes W08 that launched yesterday, and aggressive sidepods with complex aero appendages.
With wider front wings and tyres, the new race machine has serious performance intent to its design while the lengthened nose, lowered and compact rear wing complies with the newly revised aerodynamic regs.
During the unveil, Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene and CTO Mattia Binotto were present alongside quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel and the last Ferrari driver to have won the drivers’ championship back in 2007, Kimi Raikkonen.
The latter extended his contract into 2017 during the course of last season. With a major shake-up in the technical as well as administration hierarchy, the Scuderia won three races in 2015 courtesy of Vettel who moved from Red Bull Racing after winning four straight titles between 2010 and 2013.
However, the following year saw Ferrari falling behind in terms of pace and strategy while problems with maintaining optimum tyre temperature exacerbated their cause. Resultantly, Red Bull overshadowed Ferrari and took second place in the constructors’ standings.
The Maranello-based squad had its technical lineup tweaked against midway through the season as James Allison stepped down and gave way to Binotto. Despite the changes, Ferrari managed to finish a massive 367 points down on Mercedes.
Up front, there is a visible duct comprising of an aerodynamic role, while the suspension layout with a push rod front and pull rod rear has been retained. The wheel hubs and wheel nuts have been redesigned amidst the sized up power-steering and braking systems for improved performance.
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