Ferrari became the sixth F1 team to unveil its new car, the SF70H, as it aims to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 campaign.
The Scuderia chose an online launch, broadcasting live from Fiorano, where its 2017 challenger will hit the track for the first time later on Friday as part of a filming day.
The new car features some aggressively sculpted sidepods and has a T-wing fitted to its shark fin engine cover - exploiting the same loophole in the regulations as Mercedes.
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, chief technical officer Mattia Binotto and race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were on stage for the presentation.
The Italian team had hoped to challenge for the title last year after winning three races in 2015 to finish runner-up to Mercedes.
But it fell well short as it struggled with set-up, strategy and tyre temperatures over the course of the season and rarely managed to get the most out of its package.
It failed to win a race and was beaten to second in the constructors' championship by Red Bull, finishing 367 points adrift of Mercedes.
Ferrari's technical structure was tweaked mid-season when technical director James Allison left the team, with Binotto moving from his role as engine boss to head up the technical department.
2017 Ferrari SF70H F1 car
The 63rd single-seater designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship is born out of a regulation change that is without precedent in this category of motor sport. Generally, in the past, regulations went in the direction of slowing down the cars. However, this year, the rule changes go in the opposite direction, meaning the cars have more aerodynamic downforce and more mechanical grip.
AERODYNAMIC CONCEPT. On this topic, the Gestione Sportiva group has concentrated its efforts on finding the right compromise between downforce and aerodynamic resistance, or drag. The new Pirelli tyres are much wider than in the past, by 6 centimetres each at the front and 8 at the rear. This increased frontal area constitutes a “brake” on forward motion as does the increased downforce coming from the 2017 specification front wing, floor and diffuser. Countering this effect, the combination of downforce and the bigger footprint from the tyres translates into increased grip, leading to higher cornering speeds.
CHASSIS. There are several differences between the SF70H and Ferraris from the recent past: the lengthened nose and the arrow-shaped wing are a consequence of the regulations, as is the obvious fin on the engine cover and the more complex aero appendages ahead of the air intakes on the sidepods, whose unusual shape was designed in harmony with the front crash structure. Visible at the front is a duct that has an aerodynamic role, while behind the driver, the roll-hoop, which incorporates the engine air intake has been completely redesigned. Also updated is the suspension layout, which still retains a push rod design at the front with pull rods at the rear. The hubs and wheel nuts have been redesigned to facilitate the work of the mechanics when changing wheels during the pit stops. Finally, also as a function of the expected increase in performance this year, the power-steering and braking systems have been upsized.
POWER UNIT. In contrast to the aerodynamics, when it comes to the power unit, there have been few changes to the regulations. The main one concerns the amount of fuel that can be used by each car during the race: with the predicted increase in performance, with a bigger percentage of each lap spent at full revs, the permitted amount of fuel has increased from 100 to 105 Kg, although the flow rate is still fixed at 100 kg/hour. The 062 engine is a definite step forward compared to its predecessor, when it comes to chasing performance. The layout of some of the mechanical components on the hybrid power unit has been revised, while other areas maintain a similar layout to the 2016 car. On the sporting regulation front, the abolition of the “Token” system allows the teams more room for development over the course of the season.
- Scheda Tecnica -
|Fuel flow||100 kg/hr max|
|Fuel capacity||105 kg|
|Valves||4 per cylinder|
|Injection||500 bar – direct|
|Battery energy (per lap)||4 MJ|
|MGU-K Power||120 kW|
|MGU-K Max revs||50,000 rpm|
|MGU-H Max revs||125,000 rpm|
|Chassis in carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Ferrari longitudinal gearbox|
|Servo controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential|
|Semiautomatic sequential and electronicallycontrolled gearbox with quick shift|
|Number of gears: 8 +R|
|Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes(front and rear) and brake by wire rear brakes|
|Pushrod front suspensionPullrod rear suspension|
|Weight with water, lubricant and driver 728 kg|
|OZ wheels (front and rear) 13”|