Ferrari launches 2018 F1 auto


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

Scuderia Ferrari has become the latest team to reveal their 2018 challenger, with the SF71H being presented to the public at their Maranello base on Thursday.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen insisted the new halo on Ferrari's 2018 auto would not hinder performance as the Italian stable chases a first Formula One title in a decade. "The SF71H has a tighter auto body and has been built to perform in high-speed circuits", said Ferrari's technical director, Mattia Binotto.

Raikkonen said "it's an excellent auto, and our aim is to be faster" this year than last, when the Ferraris trailed the Mercedes on the faster circuits.

"I think what they are waiting for is for us to say how it feels, so we can't wait to get out on the track to see how the auto performs, how it behaves, and I think that is the answer we all want to hear and go from there".

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Vettel says Ferrari has learnt from its mistakes previous year and are "completely fired up" to beat rivals Mercedes in the upcoming season.

Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen said the auto was "beautiful" and they couldn't wait to start driving it. "We will all get used to using it".

The most obvious element to catch the eye is the Halo, created to protect the cockpit area, and in the case of the SF71H it is not as obtrusive as the devices on rival cars.

"This auto, it's designed into it so it should be less visible when driving".

After challenging Mercedes for the title and falling short in 2017, high expectations surround the new auto as the team aims to end its ten-year championship drought by the end of the season.