Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team unveiled its 2018 car for the Formula One season, the SF71-H, today on the team’s social media platforms, website and via press release to the media. The new car is an evolution of the Maranello team’s 2017 car, the SF70-H, which carried Scuderia Ferrari to a second place finish in the 2017 constructors’ standings, with a total of 522 points and five wins for Sebastian Vettel during the 2017 championship.
Beyond refinement, the new car carries the significant addition of the halo and a longer wheelbase than last year, a clue that was offered by the aerodynamic improvements made to the Sauber C37, which was unveiled on Tuesday.
Scuderia Ferrari are armed with one of the most talented and excited driver pairings on the grid, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen aiming to once again fight for the Drivers’ Championship. As per regulations, teams are permitted two filming days each year, at which running is restricted to 100km on Pirelli’s promotional tyres. The Maranello team’s new car tests at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Feb. 26-March 1 and again March 6-9 before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix March 25 in Melbourne.
The famous Italian team, whose name is synonymous with F1 and success, have not taken the F1 World Constructors’ Championship since 2008, when Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Masa were at the wheel. Since then they have been runners-up three times, including last year, but have been a step back from the dominant Mercedes for a number of years. However, Scuderia Ferrari believe they can put together a legitimate title contender this year with Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen in place.