Reggio Emilia, Feb 13:
Ferrari unveiled its new SF1000 car for the 2020 Formula One season, which they hope will deliver a first world drivers title since 2007, during a glitzy ceremony.
The single-seater’s name acknowledges the fact that the Italian team will start its 1,000th world championship race during the coming campaign, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.
Narrower than last season’s SF90, with a deeper red coloring the body, Ferrari is pinning its hopes on the SF1000 car earning them drivers and constructors titles that have eluded them for 12 and 11 years respectively.
“I like it very much. It’s much narrower at the back than last year and it is also redder, it’s even better. I’m impatient to drive it, that will be even more fascinating than looking at it,” Sebastian Vettel said.
The Scuderia broke with tradition and presented its new racing car outside of its stronghold of Maranello, unveiling it instead amid a sea of red on stage at the Teatro Romolo-Valli in the nearby city of Reggio Emilia. Meanwhile, Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto insisted that Sebastian Vettel remained the team’s “first choice” for the future despite reports that Lewis Hamilton could join the Italian stable next season. “Seb is our first choice, our preference,” Binotto explained.
Vettel, 32, joined Ferrari in 2015 and the German’s contract ends at the end of the coming season, as does world champion Hamilton’s at Mercedes.
“We’re focused on our drivers. We’re not thinking about it for the moment,” added Binotto.