If anyone has a chance of beating the utterly dominant Mercedes in Formula 1 this year, it’s Ferrari. Though it only won three races in 2015, they were the only races that didn’t go to Mercedes. Now, Ferrari has revealed its new hope for recapturing its glory in 2016, the SF16-H. The Maranello squad finished second behind the German squad in the standings, bouncing back from a disastrous 2014.
Compared with the 2015 car, the SF16-H features a shorter nose and a slimmed-down rear, which was made possible by a more compact engine.
For the first time in years, Ferrari’s F1 car will sport a red and white livery, reminiscent of the 312Ts driven by Niki Lauda, Clay Ragazzoni and Gilles Villeneuve in the mid-1970s. The flat-twelve powered 312T was one of Ferrari’s greatest, so perhaps the team wants to invoke some of that car’s spirit in the SF16-H.
Clearly, Ferrari has a lot riding on the SF16-H. With Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari had a great driver lineup in 2015, but the car simply wasn’t there. It will be interesting to see if the 2016 car can restore Ferrari’s F1 pride.