Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry

Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry

Ferrari have unveiled the new auto they hope will end Mercedes' dominance of the Formula One world championship.

Despite being outclassed by Vettel in each of the past three seasons, Kimi Raikkonen remains the last driver to win a world championship for Ferrari, taking the 2007 title by a single point from then McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

While the Brackley team are on a run of four consecutive title doubles, Ferrari will complete a full decade without either world championship should they ultimately leave 2018 empty-handed.

"I think we need to look after the driver's safety, but what we have implemented is aesthetically not appealing and we need to come up with a solution that simply looks better". Last year, Ferrari was in the championship hunt until the self-destruct button was pressed in Singapore.

Tight laws around cigarette advertising have meant that the logos of the American firm's Marlboro brand have not appeared on Ferrari's vehicle since 2007, but the renewal announcement said the partnership would now be "exclusively focused on advancing the cause of a smoke-free world", prompting suggestions that one of their e-cigarette brands could be promoted.

And Binotto says Ferrari also found the introduction of the Halo to be a major area of focus when trying to minimize its impact on the car's aerodynamics.

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"Our goal is to always be faster".

It features Ferrari's traditional red livery, with the colour white mostly absent from this auto in contrast to its immediate predecessors.

The new challenger has a longer wheelbase to move it more into line with rival Mercedes' design.

Presenting the SF71H model on Thursday, Ferrari technical director Mattia Binotto said the main differences from last year's vehicle are a slightly longer wheelbase, more aggressive side ducts and "a very narrow body".

"I just hope for the good of Formula One that Ferrari, Red Bull, and even McLaren can put a challenge to Mercedes so we can have some exciting racing".

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