Scuderia Ferrari has taken the covers off its new car, the SF70H, which it hopes will help it recover from a disappointing 2016 Formula 1 season.
After scoring three wins under the new leadership of team principal Maurizio Arrivabene in 2015, Ferrari went winless in 2016 courtesy of an extremely sensitive SF16-H chassis and a number of strategic bungles that conspired to ensure the car’s potential was rarely maximised. The team fell to third in the Constructors’ Championship standings behind Red Bull Racing.
With stability in its championship-winning driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari opted to unveil its SF70H via an online launch from its Fiorano headquarters before putting the new car through its paces as part of its allocated ‘filming day’ allowance.
Like a number of its rival teams to have showcased their 2017 cars, the SF70H features a deltoid-shaped front wing with a thumb-tip nose design. The car’s sidepod and forequarter aerodynamics are particularly interesting, with the most noticeably feature being the bargeboard profile it has showcased on the car’s launch configuration. These have been designed to mitigate the aerodynamic disturbance brought about by the 2017-spec wider profile Pirelli tyres.
Another design feature of note is that the SF70H features both its interpretation of the ‘shark fin’ engine cover design, as well as a ‘T wing’ – the latter being similar to the concept seen on Mercedes’ W08 design when it was launched on Thursday.
The design of the car has been overseen by the team’s new technical director Mattia Binotto, who moved across from his role heading the engine department following the mid-season departure of James Allison, who has since been confirmed at Mercedes.
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