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The SF16-H is Presented


Ferrari have revealed their 2016 car, the SF16-H, as they target overtaking Mercedes at the front of the  grid this year.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen pulled the wraps off the new car at the Maranello launch.

Chief designer Simone Resta enthused: “I can say that this F1 car is one of the most beautiful Ferrari’s ever.”

As expected, Ferrari have abandoned a pull-rod front suspension set-up, reverting to the more conventional push-rod system. The new configuration should deliver a sharper front end, dovetailing with the preferred driving styles of Vettel and Raikkonen.

“It looks beautiful and should be a decent step up,” said four-time world champion Vettel.

In another striking change, the car also features a stubby nose and a white-coloured engine cover.

Underneath the bodywork, Ferrari’s 1.6 litre power unit is understood to have been substantially revised to minimise space, resulting in a noticeably narrower rear end to the car.

Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is now eyeing a more consistent challenge to Mercedes with the heavily-revised SF16-H.

“We would like to fight until the end of the championship,” he said. “I know it’s not going to be easy because our competitors are not sleeping, but we are all committed to do our best.”

Jock Clear has joined the team from Mercedes after spending 2015 on gardening leave as head of track operations, enabling James Allison to focus more on development work at Maranello.

The new car is the first Allison has overseen in its entirety, but the team, which last won a world championship in 2008, are under mounting pressure to deliver tangible success with president Sergio Marchionne warning it will be considered a “tragedy” if their title drought extends to 10 years.

“I can’t wait to take it racing,” said Allison of his new creation. “We are very confident that we can achieve good results this season.”

The SF16-H will officially debut when pre-season testing commences on Monday at Barcelona. However, Ferrari are understood to have scheduled a private filming day at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday when the new car will be given its unofficial first shakedown.