Ferrari has finally unveiled its F1 contender for the year 2019. Coined as SF90, the car pays an homage to the Italian team’s 90th anniversary completing this year and hopes to end the drought of ending the season without the title. For 2019, it seems like Ferrari wants to reflect on its heritage colour, as most of the car body frame is dominated by red livery with hints of black accents. Ferrari has switched from heavy white accents which it donned previous season.
Ferrari has been the closest rival to challenge Mercedes in last two seasons, with Mercedes barely making its ahead every time. Ferrari proved to be Mercedes’ closest title contender, but fell shy of victory both times. To make sure that Ferrari covers that extra gap this year, the brand has replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with former Ferrari Technical Chief, Mattia Binotto as the new Team Principal.
With the change in management, the team also sees a new driver lineup. With Sebastian Vettel loyally making his fifth appearance with the team, is now joined with Charles Leclerc who showcased an impressive debut season at Sauber last year. Leclerc replaces Kimi Raikkonen who called it quits.
Speaking about the new car and the advancements made, Binotto said, “This car is a development of last year’s car, it’s not a revolution. We’ve tried to push the bar, try to be some extreme as we could. Some changes like the front wing for the regulations. If you look at the details, we’ve tried to push hard, be innovative. If you look at the bodywork at the back, it’s very slim. It’s thanks to the entire job we’ve done. A lot of effort has been done. We like it.”