It’s an evolution of last year’s model, improved in many aspects. “We worked there until two hours ago,” they explain to Maranello. Vettel: “I can not wait to drive it”
“As you can see it’s beautiful, and when it’s beautiful it’s also fast”: it’s Raikkonnen himself – even if he has never driven it yet – to present SF71H, the Ferrari F1 for the season with a joke (a rarity for him) 2018. A car, as they explained to Ferrari, on which we worked “up until two hours ago” because the commitment to designing and manufacturing this machine “was enormous”.
And while Vettel says he can not wait to jump on it and try it, the technicians explain that a great job has been done to better integrate the ugly (but fundamental for safety) “Halo” that protects the rider’s head. And not only from an aesthetic point of view, since it has been painted red, like the car, and not left as black on the Mercedes, but also from the aerodynamic one. Speaking of aesthetics, it should be noted the greater presence of the red color on the car and the presence of the Alfa Romeo Green Quadrifoglio on the engine bonnet. The alfists thank.
“The Ferrari that was made here, in Maranello, and not somewhere else – explains the number one of the Maurizio Arrivabene team – makes us particularly proud of this car.When you see a new Ferrari it is always a special day for the whole world automotive “.
Here is the new Ferrari, Vettel: “Beautiful, I can not wait to get on track”
“If I look at the car I think about guys, at their job, they built this car piece by piece with passion, effort, a lot of effort, they have done a lot of research and development, taking care of every single detail. , has explained. “This car is made in our factory in Italy and is a piece of excellence for our country, we started working months before the end of the season,” added Arrivabene. “Everyone has worked incredibly”.
A car that looks like an evolution of the 2017 version and that reveals tiny air intakes, almost as if in F1 today there are no cooling problems. And instead, since there are (and they are huge) this shows the
The car now has a longer wheelbase, to be comfortable even on fast circuits and in important braking. But the rest is all wrapped up in total secrecy. And even knowing the details would be of little use because then the car that will start the championship (25 March in Australia) will be – as always – very different from the one presented at the beginning of the season.
Certainly the new Pirelli tires, even softer than the ultra-soft ones of 2017, have imposed a complicated aerodynamic study because to make them work better, a greater aerodynamic load is required. While – as always – remains the struggle to climb the maximum power, this year more complicated because for the manufacturers there is one engine less to use. So reliability becomes even more important.
In any case, Ferrari can not afford to make mistakes any more this year and the fact that Vettel has been leading the world championship last season from March to September makes the pressure on the team even stronger. But it is Vettel himself who reassures the fans:
“With this car – he explains – we will certainly do fantastic times, we think we have worked well, but we are waiting for the tests to confirm it, the message I want to launch for the World Championship, that we must definitely make drivers first to get the best results “.
“We talk a lot with the designers, who know the car well, but it is up to us drivers to give their best,” said the German in Maranello.