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Ferrari reveals the SF21

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10/03/2021

Ferrari reveals its 2021 contender, the SF21, which sports a livery that, while paying tribute to its roots, also features a controversial touch of green.

"The livery looks to the challenges of the future without forgetting the team's roots and history," said the team.

"The rear end is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, the 125 S," explained team principal Mattia Binotto. "But as it moves gradually towards the cockpit area, it transforms into the modern red that we have used in most recent years."

However, it is the green Mission Winnow logo on the engine cover that is sure to spark debate among fans.

"This season presents us with many challenges and through this livery, visually, we reboot from our past and head into the future," added Binotto.

This car is the 67th to be built in Maranello to compete in the Formula 1 world championship and is an evolution of last year's SF1000, as dictated by the regulations, which require the use of the same chassis as in 2020, thus limiting the opportunities for change in many areas.

Therefore, the SF21 was developed in all the permitted areas, from the engine, which is completely new, to the aerodynamics and, at the rear end, which is where the two development tokens allowed in the regulations have been used.

The SF21 makes its track debut tomorrow in Bahrain for a filming day. The Scuderia's youngest driver line-up since 1968, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, will both drive the new car.

"There's plenty of positive energy coming from our two drivers," said Laurent Mekies, the team's racing director. "Carlos has spent a lot of time in the factory and has integrated with the team very quickly.

As for Charles, he is already perfectly at home with the team: he knows what he wants and is also very aware of the role he has in the team, both in and out of the car. Over the winter, we have witnessed the two guys getting on very well together and this can only be a good thing for the whole team."

"As engine engineers, last season on track produced a clear picture of where we were and that was our starting point," added Enrico Gualtieri, the head of power unit. "It was that awareness, combined with our determination, our skills and those of our partners that led to the creation of the 065/6 power unit for the 2021 season.

"We adopted a systematic approach, with all departments - design, simulation, development, track - working together to find every opportunity for improvement. Along with our colleagues on the chassis side, we worked a lot on the layout of the power unit, to make the overall design of the car as efficient as possible. With the internal combustion engine, we focused on increasing its level of thermal efficiency, in conjunction with our partner Shell and this has produced an improvement in lap time that we estimate at over one tenth of a second.

"We are also carrying out further development on the hybrid system and the electronics, in order to revise and optimise all components. All this in a season in which power unit test bench time has been reduced still further."

"When we began the SF21 project, our first task was to identify which area of the car we should focus on in order to achieve a radical change," said Enrico Cardile, head of chassis. "We opted for the rear end, designing a new gearbox and new suspension system. This, in addition to the efforts of our power unit colleagues has led to a much tighter rear end.

"We also looked at the cooling system, increasing the effectiveness of the central radiator and designed the body with more "downwashing." Aerodynamics was one of the areas affected by the regulation changes aimed at reducing the ability to generate vertical load, in order not to put too great a strain on the tyres. That's why, as we began developing the car's aerodynamics, we set ourselves two goals: recovering more aerodynamic downforce than was lost through the regulations and reducing drag.

"Because of the regulations, less drastic changes were possible at the front end of the car. So, we developed a new front wing which works in conjunction with a new concept nose, but the chassis itself and the suspension is off last year's SF1000."

Check out our SF21 gallery, here.

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1. Posted by FQITW, 11/03/2021 9:34

"Well Ferrari have certainly lifted the trophy of worst ever livery.

How can any serious marketing/advertising/creative person or designer both within the team and the sponsors consider letting that mess out the door?
Doesn't anybody say anything?

I know the stickers won't make the car any faster but surely some sort of design process to achieve an acceptable look would have been preferable to what has been unveiled?
Even the Haas looks better and that is not exactly adventurous."

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2. Posted by C5, 11/03/2021 9:13

"Looks like at 67 the health is tanking. Getting slower... Dark blood clots in the feet. Bit of green stuff stuck in the teeth... Likely hairs are growing wildly in the side pods too! :-)"

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3. Posted by kenji, 11/03/2021 6:37

"Somehow Ferrari can build some of the best looking sports cars ever seen yet when it comes to F1 they let the side down....badly. That MW mess in green just emphasises my point. All that aside i must admit that the current F1 car is a mess. Indycars look far more
svelte, and devoid of all those appendages that spring up and ruin any design continuity."

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4. Posted by Apexing, 10/03/2021 20:14

"I love Ferrari, but I can't help thinking "Wishin' Minnow" every time I see the Mission Winnow logo..."

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5. Posted by Malemoi, 10/03/2021 14:48

"Aside from livery changes(well done Aston) its always hard to visually differentiate between the new and previous year cars. Not like waking up to rear engine or a monocoque chassis or 6 wheels or a Lotus 72 :( "

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