Ferrari unveils new F1 car in a reboot from dismal 2020

The SF21 showed off a slightly revised livery with a touch of green and two shades of red in a nod to past glories.

Ferrari failed to win a race last year and finished sixth overall (file photo)- GETTY IMAGES

Ferrari unveiled its new Formula One car on Wednesday as the sport's most successful team vowed to turn a page and power back from their worst season in 40 years.

The SF21, an evolution of last year's SF1000 but with a completely new engine and changed front wing and nose, showed off a slightly revised livery with a touch of green and two shades of red in a nod to past glories.

"The rear end is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari," said team boss Mattia Binotto in the virtual presentation.

"But as it moves gradually towards the cockpit area, it transforms into the modern red that we have used in most recent years.

"This season presents us with many challenges and through this livery, visually, we reboot from our past and head into the future."

 

Power unit head Enrico Gualtieri reckoned an increase in the engine's thermal efficiency had produced an estimated improvement in lap time of more than a tenth of a second.

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The car will make its track debut on Thursday in Bahrain for a filming day ahead of testing.

"2020 is behind us but it will not be forgotten and it will have made us stronger," said Ferrari president John Elkann in a message to fans.

"All of us in Ferrari want to make sure that we honour our founder Enzo Ferrari to start the 2021 championship with his winning spirit."

Ferrari failed to win a race last year and finished sixth overall, their worst performance since 1980 when the sport's oldest and most glamorous outfit ended up 10th.

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