If anyone has a chance of beating the utterly dominant Mercedes in F1 this year, it's Ferrari. Though it only won three races in 2015, they were the only races that didn't go to Mercedes. Now, Ferrari has revealed its new hope for recapturing its glory in 2016, the SF16-H.
Compared with the 2015 car, the SF16-H features a shorter nose and a slimmed-down rear, which was made possible by a more compact engine, according to . Autosport that the new rear-end design suggests that Ferrari improved engine cooling during wintertime development.
For the first time in years, Ferrari's F1 car will sport a red and white livery, reminiscent of the 312Ts driven by Niki Lauda, Clay Ragazzoni and Gilles Villeneuve in the mid-1970s. The flat-twelve powered 312T was one of Ferrari's greatest, so perhaps the team wants to invoke some of that car's spirit in the SF16-H. Also, there's a not-insignificant visual throwback to the Marlboro sponsorship days in this new livery.
Ferrari hasn't revealed too many additional details yet, but F1 commentator Steve Matchett noted on Twitter that the SF16-H uses push-rod front suspension. As , push-rods are less aerodynamic than their pull-rod companions, but both Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen prefer their handling characteristics. It's likely this change required significant development work to the rest of the car.
"We have improved across the board," Ferrari Technical Director Steve Allison . "All our hopes are in this car, and we can't wait to see it on the track."
Clearly, Ferrari has a lot riding on the SF16-H. With Vettel and Raikkonen, Ferrari had a great driver lineup in 2015, but the car simply wasn't there. It will be interesting to see if the 2016 car can restore Ferrari's F1 pride.