Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry

Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry

Ferrari has unveiled its 2018 Formula One vehicle - the SF71-H - at an event at its headquarters in Maranello.

Mercedes will unveil the auto that Valtteri Bottas and the current world champion Lewis Hamilton will try and steer to glory over the coming weeks and months, and another British former title victor in the sport believes Hamilton has to be considered the favourite to retain his title.

The new Mercedes will formally be unveiled at 12.10pm United Kingdom time, although sneak peeks of the auto on track are expected to emerge before then.

The event was attended by the entire Ferrari team including drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, as well as development drivers Daniil Kvyat and Ferrari-backed Sauber reserve Antonio Giovinazzi.

Both launches can be followed on Sky Sports.

According to Ferrari, the wheelbase has been slightly changed on the new auto, with it being extended compared to the 2017 vehicle.

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

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While the Brackley team are on a run of four consecutive title doubles, Ferrari will complete a full decade without either world championship should they ultimately leave 2018 empty-handed.

"The most visible is the Halo".

The new auto shares much with last year's "diva" (though boss Toto Wolff admitted he liked some of the traits of last year's vehicle, unsurprisingly), with a similar design philosophy.

In addition, Ferrari's engine has also been revised, with a greater emphasis on reliability due to Formula 1's new limit of three engines per season.

But while the Italian team have lost one long-time sponsor, tobacco giant Philip Morris, their longest-standing backer, has extended its deal to 2021.

Wolff said the team had tried to keep the strengths of its overall pace as F1's fastest vehicle, but iron out the flaws that made it uncompetitive at certain types of circuit.

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