Ferrari complete launch season by unveiling the SF21

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Ferrari have unveiled their new Formula 1 car, the SF21, meaning that all 10 teams have now launched their 2021 challengers.

The Scuderia showed off their latest F1 car through a virtual launch, with the SF21 adorned in the usual iconic red livery, while also incorporating green Mission Winnow branding and a burgundy rear-end.

Ferrari will be hoping to bounce back from a difficult year where their underpowered car struggled to compete and the team finished the season sixth in the constructors’ championship without a race win.

There have been changes made over the off-season though, with Ferrari optimistic that they have been able to recover some power following the confidential agreement the team struck with the FIA as a result of an investigation into their 2019 power-unit.

Charles Leclerc enters his third season as a Ferrari driver in 2021 and will be partnered by former McLaren man Carlos Sainz, who replaced Sebastian Vettel over the off-season.

The car will hit the track for the first time on Thursday for a filming day at the Bahrain International Circuit, with pre-season testing getting underway at the same location on Friday.

“The rear end is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, the 125 S,” team principal Mattia Binotto said. “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.”

Ferrari racing director Laurent Mekies added: “There’s plenty of positive energy coming from our two drivers. Carlos has spent a lot of time in the factory and has integrated with the team very quickly.

“As for Charles, he is already perfectly at home with the team: he knows what he wants and is also very aware of the role he has in the team, both in and out of the car. Over the winter, we have witnessed the two guys getting on very well together and this can only be a good thing for the whole team.”

Technical specifications Ferrari SF21

Power unit 065/6
Capacity 1600 cc
Max RPM 15,000
Supercharging Single turbo
Fuel flow 100 kg/hr max
Configuration V6 90°
Bore 80 mm
Stroke 53 mm
Valves 4 per cylinder
Injection 500 bar – direct

ERS System

Configuration Hybrid energy recovery system via electrical Motor Generator Units
Battery pack Lithium-Ion batteries of minimum 20 kg weight
Battery pack max energy storage 4 MJ
MGU-K max power 120 kW (161 hp)
Max MGU-K RPM 50,000
Max MGU-H RPM 125,000

Car

Overall weight including water, oil and driver: 752 kg
Chassis made from carbon fibre and honeycomb composite with halo protection device around the cockpit. Bodywork and seat made from carbon fibre
Rear differential with hydraulic torque converter
Brembo carbon disc brakes, front and rear. Electronic brake-by-wire on rear brakes
Ferrari longitudinally-mounted gearbox with 8 forward gears and reverse
Push-rod front suspension, pull-rod rear suspension
13” front and rear wheels