Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry


"We will all get used to using it".

Ferrari chief technical officer Mattia Binotto says there are areas of the SF71H that are "more aggressive, more innovative" than last year's auto.

"We hope we have kept the good character traits of the diva", he said. We try to retain the strengths, and some of the strengths I would say are the aggressiveness of the concept we designed, a vehicle that was performing very well on low-speed circuits.

"That is the answer we all want to get, and we will go from there".

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.

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For the fourth consecutive year 38-year-old Raikkonen and four-time world champion Vettel, 30, will spearhead the Scuderia's campaign.

"The real magic happens underneath but every little detail matters, every part can make a difference, and this year's vehicle is a big step from last year's one".

Vettel's rivalry with Hamilton had been notable for its lack of animosity, but that changed dramatically at last year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June after the German deliberately crashed into his rival's auto.

The halo-fitted new vehicle was shown off at Ferrari's Maranello base on Thursday, four days before the start of F1's pre-season testing at Barcelona.

"We all like divas, but sometimes she was a bit hard to understand and this is the area where we worked the most, trying to understand and preserve the speed in the vehicle and find more driveability". I just drive faster.