The 2017 Ferrari car is well on course to make its debut in February after passing a mandatory FIA crash test. The safety regulations of the FIA dictate that all critical areas of a Formula 1 car must pass a standardised crash test before it is allowed to be officially entered into any official FIA race.
The latest team to pass the crash test is Scuderia Ferrari, who has recently received the official stamp of approval after undergoing several tests. Reports are that the Italian team needed several attempts at passing the test because sampled more than one nose for their 2017 challenger, but in the end the Maranello side has passed the test crash with a very extreme design of the chassis, which should prove very useful given the new rule and regulation changes for the 2017 Formula One season. The new car will see some major changes compared with last season’s SF16-H. As well as incorporating the new downforce and tyre regulation changes, the Scuderia has also made important improvements to the gearbox and the power unit in an attempt to reduce the performance deficit to its main rivals, Mercedes and Red Bull.
The Italian team’s 2017 car is already reported to be quite different from the version of the chassis used by Haas Racing, a team that has a strong technical partnership with Ferrari. The 2017 Ferrari car is still unnamed and will be officially launched towards the end of February as testing for the 2017 season gets underway in Spain, when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will have the opportunity to drive the 2017 Ferrari car for the first time.