First Look: Ferrari Reveal Gorgeous Burgundy Inspired SF21 at F1 Car Launch

Published 03/10/2021, 8:00 AM EST


After much anticipation, Ferrari finally took off the blanket cover and revealed their challenger for the 2021 F1 season. Fielding the SF21, the team will be looking to regain form, respect, and fear that they unfortunately lost over the last couple of seasons.

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The car is quite similar to its predecessor, the SF1000, as most of the latter’s features have been retained. The Italian outfit launched their car at a unique event, and both their drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, were also present.

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Binotto hinted towards a unique launch last season

The red team’s unique launch strategy was quite unexpected; no one saw it coming. However, if we pay attention to Team Principal Mattia Binotto‘s words from last season, he had been hinting towards it all along.

“We will organize differently the unveiling of the car next year. We will organise first an event where we will present the team and our drivers to our fans, to our partners, and to the journalists,” said Binotto.

“But we may organize a second event, and that could be directly at Barcelona winter testing, where we will unveil the car. And that will be somehow done in a different [way].”

Can Ferrari regain its competitiveness?

That is the million-dollar question. They were dreadful last season; in fact, it was the worst one Ferrari had in the last 40 years. While the power unit department was their strength in 2019, it proved to be their major weakness in 2020.

But there is fresh hope in Maranello that their new engine can help them to regain their lost glory. If what Mattia Binotto is saying is true, then they are making progress.

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“I can confirm the engine is running well on the dyno. I think that in terms of performance, it progressed well. Significantly I think compared to what has been 2020.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto walks in the Paddock before final practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

But as Toto Wolff remarked earlier, there is always hype surrounding the teams in the offseason. Until and unless everyone gets on track and measures themselves against one another, we won’t find out the true standing of Ferrari or their rivals.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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