Ferrari unveil 2020 F1 car in dramatic style at SF1000 launch

Ferrari have launched the car they hope will finally bring Formula 1’s world titles back to Italy.

In a grand and dramatic reveal of their car at the 1,000-seat Romolo Valli theatre in Reggio Emilia – a theatrical show which featured a classical concert orchestra with DJ, and several dance routines – the new SF1000 became the first 2020 challenger to be unveiled in the flesh.

Ferrari will celebrate their 1000th Grand Prix during the course of this season.

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“We are all very conscious of the huge responsibilities that lie on our shoulders and we clearly are very focused on the ultimate goal, which is victory. I believe we have the talent and determination to meet those ambitions,” declared chief executive Louis Camilleri.

“With responsibility comes a lot of pressure and we view that pressure in a positive manner because it has the effect of uniting us and also inspiring us to do ever better.

“I can assure you, we are more demanding on ourselves than anyone else could ever be.”

Ferrari have finished second to Mercedes in each of the last three seasons, but the title challenges of 2017-2018 were not followed up with a similarly strong campaign last year with the team achieving just three wins to their rivals’ 15.

Mattia Binotto begins his second season in charge and has insisted that they do have the personnel in place to end Mercedes’ unprecedented championship success, which has now surpassed Ferrari’s from their own golden Michael Schumacher era in the early 2000s.

Ferrari’s last won a world title, the Constructors’ Championship, in 2008, while Kimi Raikkonen was their last world champion in 2007.

Vettel vs Leclerc – Part II

Starting their second season as team-mates, Vettel and Leclerc find themselves in different positions to this time last year.

Leclerc, who is 10 years younger than four-time champion Vettel, enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Maranello and finished 2019 as the Ferrari driver with the most poles, wins and points. The 22-year-old’s results were rewarded over the winter with a new extended contract to the end of 2024.

Out of contract this December, it is therefore Vettel, the champion of 2010-13, who starts the campaign with the uncertain future and potentially at a crossroads in his illustrious career.

Vettel and Leclerc’s fight for on-track supremacy produced several on-track flashpoints last year, including a collision at the penultimate race in Brazil, but Sky F1’s Jenson Button believes year two will prove more fruitful for Ferrari collectively.

“When there’s a young gun in your team – we found it with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton when they were team-mates in McLaren – it does hurt the experienced driver a little bit,” said Button this week.

“But once you get over that and look at him as an equal it’s very different and I think they will work well together. I hope they do, because it’s important for the championship.”

F1 launches and testing

Where do Ferrari need to improve?

The winners of a record 16 constructors’ titles had appeared poised to mount a fierce challenge for Mercedes’ crowns last year after impressing in winter testing, but the Barcelona timesheets quickly proved a false dawn once the season began.

Struggling to find a Mercedes-beating balance between straight-line and cornering performance, Ferrari did not win a race until the season’s 13th round and, even though they enjoyed a stronger second half to the year, pole-winning qualifying performances were often not replicated in the races.

Ferrari have therefore vowed to address their aerodynamic weaknesses on this year’s design.

More to follow…

All Testing, all Live, on Sky Sports F1

Every minute of Formula 1 pre-season testing will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 – for the very first time.

Building on the successful collaboration between Sky Sports and Formula 1 in 2019, live coverage is being expanded to cover both weeks of testing from Barcelona and will feature all eight hours of track running each day at the Circuit de Catalunya from February 19.

The day’s action will be followed by the essential review show – The Story So Far – featuring interviews, guests, and analysis from the Sky F1 team as we build up to what promises to be a thrilling F1 2020.

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