Ferrari has launched its new car with a high hope to bring Formula 1‘s world title back to Italy.
After a spectacular introduction, featuring an orchestra, choir and ballet dancers, as well as speeches from Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri and Team Principal Mattia Binotto in front of a video backdrop of Ferrari’s F1 history, the new car made its maiden appearance.
Ferrari have insisted their new contender features some “very extreme” concepts compared to last year’s SF90 as they bid to catch world champions, Mercedes.
“It may look very similar to last year but, believe me, it is completely different,” declared team boss Mattia Binotto.
He added that the SF1000 – so-called to celebrate the year in which Ferrari will contest their 1,000th Formula 1 World Championship event – was an evolution of last year’s SF90, the car that finished second to Mercedes in the 2019 constructors’ standings – with the technical regulations having remained largely stable for 2020 ahead of Formula 1’s major rule upheaval in 2021.
2020. New decade, same goal.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) February 11, 2020
However, Binotto was keen to stress that Ferrari had tried to push their concept forward for 2020 as much as possible. “The starting point was the car of last year, the SF90,” said Binotto. “But certainly we have been extreme on the concept as much as we could… It may look similar to last year but it’s completely different from the one of last year, and a lot of the concepts are very extreme on the SF1000,” he said.
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have helped unveil the team’s 2020 challenger, the SF1000. At the launch, Charles was quoted as saying, “We had an opportunity to see it a little bit before and to have also a direct comparison with last year’s car and you can really spot the differences. Especially when it comes to packaging and the back part of the car.”
In Vettel and Leclerc’s hands, the SF1000 will have a simple mission: that of bringing Ferrari a constructors’ championship for the first time since 2008 – while both drivers will also be endeavoring to claim Ferrari’s first drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen’s 2007 triumph.
The SF1000 is due to take its first laps in anger in a week’s time, when pre-season testing begins at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19.