By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer
Today, Ferrari launched the ambitious new SF16-H, a car in which they have placed their efforts and hopes into catching the front running Mercedes team and breathing the life of competition in Formula One again.
In an online launch, Maurizio Arrivabene introduced the car, primarily in Italian, highlighting the fact that they are an Italian team. Arrivabene emphasized the commitment of the entire Ferrari organization to victory as he brought drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to the stage, where they answered a few questions about the upcoming season.
Vettel and Raikkonen will get their first taste of the SF16-H on Monday in Barcelona testing at Circuit de-Catalunya.
Technical Director James Allison was extremely enthusiastic during the launch of his latest creation. It is obvious that Ferrari has placed the entire soul of the Italian factory into this car and it features major changes intended to bring them to the front of the field; including a new front nose philosophy, the hump back air intake and a distinctive throwback livery.
It was Enzo Ferrari himself, who said that, “Cars are neither beautiful or ugly, they become beautiful when they win.”
Last year was a pleasantly surprising step up in performance for the Scuderia. Next week, we will all see how much further Ferrari have come with the SF16-H.