Well, and this is just my sarcastic joking ways here, but everyone is WOKE and GREEN otherwise you're an old neanderthal like me. That's why we have these loooooooovvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeelllllllyyyyyyyyyy sounding insane reving V6's we have today I mean who wants 19,000-21,000 screaming banshee V110's anyway Oh how I miss proper F1 and yes, I'll keep on whinging until we get sights (pit babes) and sound back in the sportFerrari has launched their 2021 challenger, the SF21 ahead of preseason testing. Meanwhile the new Haas car has broken cover on day one.
In the days leading up to testing, Ferrari revealed its new challenger, the SF21. The car's livery has divided fans, featuring a two-tone red and burgundy paint job, with a splash of green at the front of the engine cover.
- The SF21 is set to be driven this season by Charles Leclerc and new signing, Carlos Sainz.
- The Haas VF-21 meanwhile has finally been unveiled in the same livery that was presented on a previous car earlier this week.
- The new Ferrari and Haas were in action today at Bahrain, with each team sharing running between both of their two drivers.
The car features a number of interesting changes, including a new-look nose cone that the team will hope marks the beginning of a journey back towards the front of the grid. The SF21 will be driven by a slightly different line up after the departure of Sebastian Vettel to Aston Martin. Charles Leclerc and his new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. who impressed at McLaren in the past two seasons will spearhead Ferrari's 2021 season together.
Speaking at the launch presentation, Sporting Director, Laurent Mekies spoke of the positive relationship that seems to be developing between the two drivers:
"We get a lot of positive energy from the early phase of the relationship between Carlos and Charles. Carlos has been spending a lot of time on the factory ever since he signed for us. He has been integrating himself into the team very rapidly is a curious guy who is open-minded. He comes with an interesting experience from all the teams and his relationship with the engineers has already felt very natural from day one. Now we are trying to make these exchanges with him deeper, denser, and it’s it’s progressing very well in that respect."Charles knows the team upside down, it’s his third year with us and we can see him developing every day, a little bit more as a leader. He is very conscious of the role he has in the team in and out of the car. The early phase of that relationship between Carlos and Charles is functioning very well, actually. They are already operating as as team mates, for example, when they come at the simulator’s or when they meet with the engineers for the development of the car."Of course, it is easy to have a good relationship in the winter months but I think they are genuinely enjoying each other’s inputs and approach to the team. And it is going to be a very positive starting point of the seasons with with them on board. Ultimately, they are a key part of the team. Their application, their enthusiasm, their energy will be essential in making the 2021 campaign a decisive step in the right direction for the future of our team."
The SF21 completed 116 laps of Bahrain today, with Leclerc and Sainz sharing the driving duties. It's easy to read too much into testing times early on, but the team will be happy to have completed over a century of laps relatively unscathed.
Meanwhile, the Haas VF-21 finally broke cover, after the team's presentation of its new livery. The car featured the same livery shown off at its launch, which had sparked debate given that it fell into a grey area regarding a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Like Ferrari, Haas also got its drivers to share duties on day one of preseason testing. Between Schumacher in the morning and Mazepin in the afternoon, Haas was able to complete 85 laps.
Let us know what you think of the very different looking Ferrari SF21 and Haas VF-21cars.