Ferrari has chosen to have a “closed-door” presentation of the SF-24, but after Lewis Hamilton’s announcement, a hypothesis has emerged about the real reason for this choice.
The unveiling of the new Prancing Horse single-seater is just around the corner. In Maranello, the event is scheduled for February 13. Before Lewis Hamilton’s arrival was official, Ferrari had announced that the presentation of the SF-24 would be a closed event to the public and the media. Initially, it was thought to be due to the desire to maintain a low profile. However, after Lewis’s arrival, a new hypothesis about the reason for this choice has arisen.
Is Ferrari trying to protect itself?
Fred Vasseur seemed to have opted for a more subdued presentation to avoid the grand statements of the past season. Avoiding all the surrounding show means making a clear break from the past. In recent years, in fact, the unveiling of the cars in Maranello has always been a grand event.
Certainly, Fred Vasseur‘s intention to keep a low profile is certain and truthful. However, Lewis Hamilton’s arrival in Ferrari has opened up another perspective on the presentation of the SF-24. In Maranello, they were aware of the possibility of signing Lewis, and for this reason, they opted for a more closed event.
In the event of official confirmation, as it eventually happened, this choice would have spared the Scuderia an event where no one would have focused on the car. All the questions would probably have been about the seven-time world champion. This would also avoid an embarrassing situation for Carlos Sainz. In fact, the Spaniard would have risked feeling like a completely foreign entity. In this way, attention will be solely on the new single-seater.
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It seems that Ferrari had offered a contract to Hamilton several months ago. However, the Englishman took the precaution of seeing the W15 first. The new car did not convince Sir Lewis, who then decided to accept the courtship of the Scuderia. In Ferrari, the rumor of this crazy transfer had been circulating for a few weeks, so they might have acted accordingly.
To see the new Prancing Horse single-seater, we will have to wait another ten days. However, we have had some glimpses of what we might see on the SF-24 thanks to Haas. We will see if Ferrari will achieve its goal with the private presentation of the SF-24 or if the attention will still shift to Lewis Hamilton.