Ferrari SF16-H highlights the team’s championship intentions for new season

New Ferrari SF16-h Ferrari has unveiled its 62nd single-seater prior to the new season’s first official test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. Aptly known as the SF16-H, the SF denotes Scuderia Ferrari, while 16-H represents the year of the model and the H stands for the Hybrid powertrain.

In a nutshell. the SF6-H has a shortened nose, a tapered rear end and the familiar red-and-white livery. The chassis comprises of a carbon fiber and honeycomb composite structure, along with 13-inch OZ wheels. As regulations continue to remain similar from the previous season, Ferrari’s new F1 racer incorporates the 1.6cc engine with single turbo that is paired to an 8-speed gearbox, with reverse. The MGU-H powerplant enables an excess speed of 300km/h and a maximum number of revs of up to 125,000 rpm.

Four-time F1 Champion Sebastien Vettel and 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen remain the main SF pilots for the new season as they prepare for the upcoming first official testing at the Catalan track. Last season, Vettel, on his first year as a Ferrari pilot, quickly impressed the Italian squad with a win at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix; Ferrari’s first win in almost 2 years. That feat put Vettel as a title contender against the strong Mercedes AMG F1 team contingent. From the third race of the season on, Vettel would secure four podium finishes (a 2nd and three 3rd places) before the second win of the season at the Hungarian GP. Another win would arrive at the Singaporean night race in September. After that win, Vettel would finish his first season with Ferrari strong with four more podiums (a 2nd and three 3rd places) to finish third overall behind the Mercedes drivers.

Raikkonen, on the other hand, had a topsy-turvy season on his second season after the return to the Scuderia. The Finnish driver retired from the season opener in Melbourne, but recovered to take two fourth places in the next two. In the fourth race of the season in Bahrain, Raikko captured second place after gaining that position late in the race and starting from fourth on the grid. In the process, Räikkönen recorded his first podium since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix for Lotus, and the first in his second spell with Ferrari.

After Bahrain, things went downhill for the proud Finnish F1 driver, except for a fourth place showing in Canada. Soon as Ferrari announced Raikkonen’s contract extension in August, the Finnish driver’s confidence surged up as he took a 3rd place finish at the Singaporean GP in September. The Japanese GP saw him finish fourth, then it all went downhill again for Raikko as he struggled to an 8th place at the Russian GP, two retirements followed in the U.S. GP and Mexican GP and a hard fought fourth place at the Brazilian GP. The season would end good for Raikko as he nailed a podium spot, with a third place, at the season closing’s Abu Dhabi GP. It was the Finn’s third podium of the year and confirmed his final driver standings’ position in fourth overall, right behind Vettel.

The Ferrari duo is expected to challenge the Mercedes contingent again this season as they prepare to start the season in the first of two official test sessions, prior to the season opening race at Melbourne’s Albert Park on the weekend of 18 – 20 March.

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