Scuderia Ferrari today debuted its 2016 Formula 1 car, the SF16-H, ahead of testing in Barcelona later this month. The new car was shown to fans through a live stream this morning from Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello in which team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, along with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, made appearances.
Many changes have been applied to the SF16-H compared to the SF15-T of last year. There’s a shorter nose, a more tightened up rear end (see below) and of course, an all new white livery that we think is reminiscent of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari 312T. Ferrari is hoping it’s as successful as the championship-winning 312T, too, as it looks to dethrone the dominant Mercedes-Benz team in 2016.
“Normally I am not setting the objectives, my boss sets the objective for the team,” said Arrivabene. “I think this year, we need to push a bit more. We would like to fight until the end for the championship.”
“I know that is not going to be easy, because our competitors are not sleeping, but we are committed to do our best.”
Technical director at Ferrari, James Allison, said the team’s worked hard to put Ferrari in a better position over the past couple of years and the SF16-H is another positive step forward.
“Back in 2013, Ferrari was not at the right level, the championship, except for maybe doing pit stops,” Allison said.
“We’ve worked very hard on all of those areas. Last year was a decent step forward and we hope this car will be another good step forward to make us properly competitive.”
“We have improved across the board. All our hopes are in this car, and we can’t wait to see it on the track.”
The first race of the 2016 Formula 1 season is the Australian Grand Prix on March 20th, however Ferrari and their SF16-H will take to the track for the first time later this month for pre-season tests.