Scuderia Ferrari unveiled their 2016 challenger, the SF16-H, with an online launch and hopes that this racing car can fight the Silver Arrows for the Formula 1 championship.
A retro livery sports the new Ferrari, last seen on the 1993 car. The white stripes appear on the engine cover and front wing.
In terms of the aerodynamics, the SF16-H features a shorter nose compared to last year’s car, while the engine cover appears to be tighter and slimmer.
Meaning the team has worked heavily on engine cooling over the winter period in a bid to make it more aerodynamically efficient.
When questioned about the car’s prospects, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said: “Normally I am not setting the objectives, my boss sets the objective for the team.
“I think this year, we need to push a bit more. We would like to fight until the end for the championship.
“I know that is not going to be easy, because our competitors are not sleeping, but we are committed to do our best.”
After scoring three victories with Sebastian Vettel last season, Ferrari will be looking to push Mercedes even further this season.
The team made considerable gains with its power unit in 2015 that allowed it to step out of the shadows of its winless campaign in 2014.
That underlined the gap Ferrari still has to bridge to Mercedes this year if it is to consider itself a realistic title contender.
Assessing Ferrari’s challenge for the year ahead, technical director James Allison said: “Back in 2013, Ferrari was not at the right level, the championship, except for maybe doing pitstops.
“We’ve worked very hard on all of those areas. Last year was a decent step forward and we hope this car will be another good step forward to make us properly competitive.
“We have improved across the board. All our hopes are in this car, and we can’t wait to see it on the track.”
Although I do like Kimi Raikkonen’s new red helmet. Fingers crossed The Iceman can join Sebastian Vettel’s success by winning some races this season.