2024 Formula 1: Ferrari's SF-24 breaks cover

2024 Formula 1: Ferrari’s SF-24 breaks cover

2024 Formula 1: Ferrari's SF-24 breaks cover

Ferrari launched their 2024 Formula 1 challenger, the SF-24, which Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will drive on Tuesday in an online live event.

Ferrari have been in the headlines recently as they have announced that Lewis Hamilton will be joining them in 2025, replacing Sainz, shocking news which may eclipse the SF-24’s launch.

Leclerc will enter his sixth season with Ferrari, while Sainz will be contesting his fourth and final season as a Scuderia driver.

The team has also released the new look for their 2024 racing suits with the black color no longer there and replaced by white.

Ferrari will be looking to improve on their 2023 performance which saw them miss out on the runner up position in the Constructors’ Championship behind Red Bull to Mercedes.

However, they were the only team other than Red Bull to win a race, with Sainz taking an impressive victory at the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix.

The team posted a teaser on social media with Leclerc, Sainz, and team boss Frederic Vasseur looking at the SF-24, giving their thoughts and stating the obvious – it’s Red.

The SF-24 will be the 70th single seater produced by the House of Maranello to compete in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Ahead of the reveal, the Ferrari shared a video of the SF-24 being fired up at Maranello.

The SF-24 was launched online while a selected group of guests watched the reveal at the Fiorano track with Ferrari President John Elkann, CEO Benedetto Vigna and Vice-President Piero Ferrari, along with representatives of the partners, as well as team members also in attendance.

A new concept and look

Ferrari said the new SF-24 was designed with the aim of giving “Charles and Carlos a car that is easy to drive and that reacts predictably, with as a starting point, the positive feeling the drivers had in the cockpit over the final few races of last season” adding that the “goal is to allow them to make the most of the power unit’s potential, combined with their undoubted skill behind the wheel”.

As for the new livery, Ferrari said: “At first glance, the car is aesthetically very different to its predecessors and this also goes for the livery. Following a positive reception in Las Vegas last November, white makes its return together with yellow – always Ferrari’s second colour –, an evident link with Modena but also a nod to the Maranello marque’s other main racing activity apart from Formula 1, namely the World Endurance Championship.”

The Red color on the SF-24 will have a matt finish as was the case in 2023, while the yellow stripes have made a comeback for the first time since 1968 but it is paired with white for the first time.

Ferrari added: “There is therefore less black on the car than in previous years, now restricted to the floor, the bargeboards, part of the halo and other small areas. The wheels are red with a double white and yellow stripe, these colours also featuring on the race numbers – 16 and 55 – which continue to use the Maranello marque’s official font, Ferrari Sans, this time in italics.”

Vasseur: We must start off where we left off at the end of last season

Vasseur commented on the launch event, he said: “Presenting a new car to the world for the first time is always a very exciting moment for me and the drivers, even if we are all already thinking about the moment we will go head to head with our rivals on track.

“This year, we must start off where we left off at the end of last season, when we were consistent front runners, with a view to constantly improving in all areas,” he added.

“The longest ever Formula 1 season awaits us and Charles, Carlos and I all agree, we must be more clinical and effective in how we manage the races, making bold choices, in order to get the best possible result at every Grand Prix.

“It’s often said that your fans can give you an extra gear and that will definitely be true in what will be a very closely contested championship and we are proud to know we can count on our “tifosi” from around the world,” the Frenchman concluded.

Leclerc and Sainz looking forward to a more driveable and less sensitive car

Leclerc gave his thoughts on his new ride, he said: “I like the look of the car a lot, including the white and yellow parts on the bodywork.

“But of course, what really interests me is how it will perform on track, as that’s all that matters. The SF-24 ought to be less sensitive and easier to drive and for us drivers that’s what you need in order to do well. I expect the car to be a step forward in several areas and from the impression I formed in the simulator I think we’re where we want to be.

“This season the aim is to be front runners all the time and I want to give our fans plenty to cheer about, by dedicating race wins to them,” the Monegasque concluded.

Sainz had this to say about the last Ferrari F1 car he will be driving, he said: “When I saw the SF-24 for the first time, I couldn’t wait to jump in and fire it up. Now, I’m looking forward to driving it on track to see if it correlates with the feeling I had from the simulator, which is that it’s the step forward we all want.

“The aim is to have a car that’s more driveable and therefore able to run at a consistent race pace, as these are the basic requirements to fight for wins. We drivers have done our very best to give the engineers precise feedback and I’m sure the workforce in Maranello will have listened to our needs.

“We want to give the fans something to cheer about, as they were so supportive last year, even when things weren’t going our way,” the Spaniard concluded.

Some Tech talk from the engineers

Enrico Cardile, Technical Director Chassis said: “With the SF-24 we wanted to create a completely new platform and in fact, every area of the car has been redesigned, even if our starting point was the development direction we adopted last year and which saw us take a leap forward in terms of competitiveness in the final part of the season.

“We have taken on board what the drivers told us and turned those ideas into engineering reality, with the aim of giving them a car that’s easier to drive and therefore easier to get the most out of and push it to its limits. We did not set ourselves any design constraints other than that of delivering a strong and honest racing car, which can reproduce on the race track what we have seen in the wind tunnel,” he explained.

Enrico Gualtieri, Technical Director Power Unit added: “Even though power unit development is frozen by the regulations, it doesn’t mean that 2024 does not present some interesting challenges. We will be tackling more races than in any other year of the championship and that will require us to react more quickly, with fewer hours available on the test bed.

“To prepare for this, we have reviewed all the processes relating to the engine – preparation, signing-off and management – in order to maximise performance. Furthermore, we have worked very closely with our partners to further optimise procedures relating to reliability: for example, at the track, thanks to the regular monitoring of the fluids in the car, Shell is able to constantly check on the state of health of the power unit,” Gualtieri concluded.

Re-watch the launch of the SF-24 here:

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