F1: Ferrari unveil new race vehicle (4)

F1: Ferrari unveil new race vehicle (4)

Javier Howell
February 23, 2018

Thursday saw the top two in last year's constructors' championship - Mercedes and Ferrari - both launch new cars ahead of this season, with both teams taking an evolutionary approach after winning multiple races in 2017.

Ferrari's new auto is painted in the traditional red livery, but unlike its predecessors with very little white.

Vettel says Ferrari has learnt from its mistakes past year and are "completely fired up" to beat rivals Mercedes in the upcoming season. "Not just during the offseason or winter but even very early during last season, starting the new project and to stand here now (surrounded by the team) is very special".

Vettel added: "I don't think the halo will bother, I think it's much less intrusive than I thought".

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"We're capable I'm certain", said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. "I think that's the answer we all want to get so we go from there". For sure there has been a lot of effort on the new vehicle and the attention to detail is impressive.

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The halo-fitted new vehicle was shown off at Ferrari's Maranello base on Thursday, four days before the start of F1's pre-season testing at Barcelona.

Ferrari technical head Mattia Binotto said the auto, narrower and with a slightly longer wheelbase as well as more aggressive sidepods, was an evolution of the 2017 one which performed well on slower speed circuits but lacked reliability. We have the sidepods and the radiator ducts which are even more aggressive, more innovative compared to previous year.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will share driving duties.

"When it looks nice, the speed is also there".

"We've tried to stay true to our design philosophy and develop an already solid base", said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.