Ferrari has finally granted fans a glimpse of this year’s new machinery as we head into pre-season testing at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.
Explaining the subtle livery that looks to the challenges of the future without forgetting the team’s roots and history, Team Principal Mattia Binotto said:
“The rear end is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, the 125 S.
“But as it moves gradually towards the cockpit area, it transforms into the modern red that we have used in most recent years.
“This season presents us with many challenges and through this livery, visually, we reboot from our past and head into the future.”
The SF21 is the 67th model built in Maranello to compete in the Formula 1 World Championship.
It embodies an evolution of last year’s SF1000, due to regulations, which require the use of the same chassis as in 2020, meaning that a number of opportunities for improvement have been limited this year.
Despite this, the SF21 has a completely new engine and upgraded aerodynamics that aims to give the team a fighting chance of improvement following a disappointing 2020 season run.
Just last week, the team sat down for a Q&A with its youngest driver line-up since 1968 consisting of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.
Speaking about the impressive driver lineup, Racing Director, Laurent Mekies said:
“There’s plenty of positive energy coming from our two drivers. 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.”