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Ferrari’s “completely new” SF-24 F1 car for 2024 · RaceFans

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Ferrari have revealed their SF24 at the team’s launch event, becoming the latest team to show off their new look for the 2024 season.

Unveiling the SF-24 for the first time, the new Ferrari features a striking addition of white and yellow to the car’s livery alongside its traditional scarlet colour.

The car is the first to be produced under the leadership of team principal Frederic Vasseur, who joined Ferrari at the beginning of the 2023 season. He said the team must aim to “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.”

The team will retain their driver line-up of Charles Leclerc, who recently signed a contract extension with the team, and Carlos Sainz Jnr.

Leclerc said he expects the SF-24 will be “less sensitive and easier to drive” than its predecessor, which frustrated the Ferrari pair at times last year, especially in the first half of the season before improvements were made to its handling. “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,” Leclerc added.

This will be Sainz’s final season at the team, following Ferrari’s announcement Lewis Hamilton will join them for 2025.

Ferrari fell from second in the constructors’ championship in 2022 to third behind Mercedes last season. However, the team were the only one of Red Bull’s rivals to beat the world champions to a grand prix victory when Sainz won the Singapore Grand Prix late in the year. The team also took seven pole positions over the course of the season and nine total podium finishes, matching the total of McLaren.

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In order to become more consistent challengers to last year’s dominant champions Red Bull, Ferrari chose to “create a completely new platform” with its 2024 car, chassis technical director Enrico Cardile explained.

“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.”

The team has not adopted one of the defining characteristics of Red Bull’s dominant RB19, its pull-rod front suspension, sticking instead with a push-rod design. However Cardile is confident the car has addressed the criticisms their drivers had of last year’s car.

“We have taken on…

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