Ferrari unveil new F1 car to challenge dominance of champions Mercedes in upcoming season
- Ferrari have revealed car to bridge last season's 367 point gap to Mercedes
- SF70H is traditional red and includes colours of Italian flag on part of rear
- New model is lengthened after radical overhaul of sport's technical rulebook
- Ferrari finished disappointing third in constructors championship last season
Ferrari has unveiled the car they hope will rival Mercedes for the Formula One title.
The famous Italian constructor is bidding to bounce back from a thoroughly disappointing campaign in which they finished behind both Mercedes and Red Bull in the constructors' championship and failed to register a single victory.
Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion whose contract expires at the end of this season, will spearhead their challenge alongside Kimi Raikkonen.
The Ferrari for the upcoming F1 season has been unveiled and looks markedly different
Sebastian Vettel will be desperate for his machine to perform better than last year
Ferrari has not won a drivers' championship in a decade with Raikkonen the last driver to triumph for the Italian marque after he beat the then McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to the 2007 championship by one point.
The Ferrari launch from their Italian base in Fiorano follows in the footsteps of their rivals Mercedes who unveiled their latest car at Silverstone on Thursday.
The new car has a lengthened nose and an arrow-shaped wing as a consequence of the radical overhaul of the sport's technical rulebook over the off-season.
The constructors are targeting an improved season having finished in third last time out
Only the front wings sport a touch of white and part of the rear, which also has striped the colours of the Italian flag: white, red and green.
The famous Italian company have struggled to regain their dominance of old in recent years and have not won the championship since 2008.
Fernando Alonso finished second in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and but with the constructor having fallen off the pace last campaign the pressure is on to improve this season.
Last season's car (pictured) was less of an arrow shape due to the changes in regulations
Ferrari SF70H F1 Car Launch: 2017 Images and Details Revealed
Tom Sunderland Featured Columnist February 24, 2017
Ferrari on Friday revealed the SF70H, the car that drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will attempt to drive to glory in the 2017 Formula One season.
The Italian manufacturer released images of their latest innovation on Friday as Ferrari hope to make their way back into title contention in 2017:
Ferrari will be looking for major improvements with the SF70H this year after both Vettel and Raikkonen went without a win to their names last season.
The reputation of the constructor means Ferrari have come to expect a certain standard of competition each season, although Formula One writer Alan Baldwin noted an unfortunate coincidence of their latest car's name:
The best Vettel and Raikkonen were able to muster last season was a handful of second-place finishes apiece as they finished fourth and sixth in the drivers' standings, respectively.
The hope is their luck will change in the SF70H, however, as Ferrari provided a more detailed look inside the car they hope can bring in their first drivers' championship since Raikkonen grasped the title back in 2007:
Formula One previously explained that rule changes to the chassis and tyres of the cars has put more of an emphasis on speed this season, and Ferrari's evolution to the SF70H reflects those changes.
Perhaps most noticeable among said changes is the fin on the engine cover and the increased size of the tyres, per Ferrari, as F1 on NBC Sports provided a closer look at the machine:
This will also be Ferrari's first full season without the services of former technical director James Allison, who left the manufacturer in July 2016 and recently joined rivals, Mercedes, per the official Formula One website.
Ferrari has announced their newest creation just days before they're scheduled to take it to Barcelona for two four-day testing sessions, the first of which runs from Monday until Thursday.
The last few seasons in F1 have witnessed big changes to the power unit design and regulation, but this season's changes to bodywork law promise to see some of the fastest times known to the sport.
Ferrari will bank on the SF70H being their key to clocking the fastest laps for the time being, although we won't know what the creation is really capable of until F1 descends upon Catalonia next week.
Ferrari F1 launch: Will the new SF-70H car carry Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to glory in 2017?
Ferrari has launched the new SF-70H car that will carry them through the 2017 F1 season.
The car was presented via a dramatic live video stream online, with team personnel surrounding the car in silence while music accompanied a series of roving shots of the car.
Fans will hope the more significant rule changes this close season has provided an opportunity for the Scuderia to close the performance gap to champions Mercedes, after seeing Ferrari suffer a severe drop-off in form as the 2016 season progressed.
The design appears at first glance to be different from the Mercedes, and much more in line with what other teams have presented so far - a prominent shark-fin? engine cover, with a sharply angled front end complete with an extended 'stub' nosecone.
The team have maintained stability on the driver front for 2017, as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen - winners of five drivers' titles between them - prepare to take up the reins once again for the prancing horse.
Ferrari's most recent championship success was in 2008, when they claimed the constructors' title, while Raikkonen is the last man to have won a drivers' crown for the team - now some 10 seasons ago.
After several near-misses with Fernando Alonso at the wheel of a car that was rarely more than the second-best in the field, pressure to achieve is intensifying behind the scenes at Maranello.