Things can only get better for Ferrari in Formula 1—2020 was its worst season in the series for more than 40 years. It finished a lowly sixth in the constructors’ championship and didn’t win a single race. So, there’s much pressure on its new car, the SF21, to turn things around.
FIA regs mean 2021’s F1 cars are mostly evolutions of last year’s cars. But Ferrari claims it has developed the SF21 in “all the permitted areas” in pursuit of more points. The “completely new” engine is probably the biggest change, and may just give the Italian squad the straight-line speed it sorely lacked in 2020. The team has also paid particular attention to the rear of the SF21, where the suspension, the aerodynamics, and the transmission have all been revised.
The SF21 will be driven by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. This will be Leclerc’s third season at Ferrari, but Sainz has just joined from McLaren, filling the seat vacated by Sebastian Vettel. They make up Ferrari’s youngest driver lineup since 1968; their average age will be 25 years and three days old when the first grand prix of the season starts on March 28 in Bahrain.
The new livery blends traditional Ferrari red with a darker burgundy, as used on the first Ferrari racing car (the 125S) and at the team’s special 1,000th grand prix at Mugello. Do you think the Scuderia could score a win or two this season?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.