This is the new SF1000 from Scuderia Ferrari that will compete in the upcoming Formula 1 world championship.
The SF1000 is named in honour of the Italian manufacturer being set to participate in its 1000th race later this year.
It features the prominent branding from title sponsor Philip Morris International’s ‘Mission Winnow’ initiative and even though the livery appears mostly unchanged, with other major partners like Shell, UPS and Ray-Ban remaining in prominent positions on the sidepod and elsewhere on the car.
The driver line-up remains the same as last year with the talented and double race winner Charles Leclerc entering his second season with the Scuderia alongside the four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.
The former has signed a new deal to remain with the team through to 2024, whereas Vettel’s current contract expires at the end of this season.
Leclerc and Vettel combined three race victories and nine pole positions with last year’s car, the SF90, but it was not competitive enough against the likes of Mercedes.
Hopefully the SF1000 will be a match in terms of performance with the W10 from the Silver Arrows.
The SF1000 has adopted an “extreme concept” in terms of design, despite the overall look seems very similar to last year’s chassis, the SF90.
“The starting point of that car is the SF90 but certainly we have been extreme on all the concepts as much as we could,” said Binotto at Ferrari’s launch in Italy.
“We developed the car and tried to look for the maximum aero performance – that’s first trying to maximise the downforce level.
“So the entire car, the monocoque, the power unit layout, the gearbox has been really packaged in a way to have a very narrow and slim body shape.
“I think that’s quite visible on it.”
“It is clearly going to be an interesting year, tough competition, a long season but it is also an important season because in parallel we have to create and develop a completely new car in line with the regulations that will govern F1 in 2021 and beyond, so the team is going to be very, very busy,” Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri said at the launch.
“I have every confidence in our women and men, their creativity, their discipline and determination and, above all, the work ethic they have had before which is the hallmark of this company, one instilled upon us by our founder Enzo Ferrari.
“Mattia [Binotto, team principal] and his team are doing a great job and we look forward to successes going forward.”