Ferrari SF71H

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Ferrari SF71H
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Sebastian Vettel driving an SF71H during pre-season testing
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorFerrari
Designer(s)
PredecessorFerrari SF70H
Technical specifications[1][2]
Wheelbase3714 mm
EngineFerrari 062 EVO 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine limited to 15,000 RPM in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorFerrari kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems
TransmissionEight forward and one reverse gears
Weight733 kg (1,616.0 lb)
FuelShell V-Power
LubricantsShell Helix Ultra
BrakesBrembo ventilated and cross-drilled carbon ceramic discs
TyresPirelli P Zero (dry)
Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
OZ forged magnesium wheels: 13"
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari
Notable drivers5. Germany Sebastian Vettel
7. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Debut2018 Australian Grand Prix
Last event2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
RacesWinsPodiumsPolesF.Laps
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The Ferrari SF71H was a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Scuderia Ferrari to compete during the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen,[3] and made its competitive debut at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. Keeping with his tradition to name his cars, Vettel named his SF71H "Loria". This car used the "less white" livery design similar to the livery used in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 cars since their sponsor Santander departed from Formula 1. It took two wins in the three opening Grands Prix, and set two new track records at the Bahrain International Circuit and the Shanghai International Circuit while qualifying on pole. Thus in these three races the car seemed to be faster than their rival's Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+.[4] As of the end of the 2018 championship, the SF71H is Ferrari's most successful car in the hybrid engine era (2014-present), scoring 6 wins (5 by Vettel, 1 by Räikkönen) and 24 podiums, surpassing its predecessor, the SF70H, that had 5 wins and 20 podiums at the end of the 2017 season. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Ferrari introduced a new livery, carrying the logo of Mission Winnow, a joint promotion with major sponsor Philip Morris International.[5]

Design and development[edit]

The SF71H features a longer wheelbase than its predecessor, the SF70H, and a revised cooling system. Ferrari have further evolved their philosophy of moving the crash structure outside the sidepods, creating a complex bargeboard array and sidepod inlet configuration, even including winglets on the rear view mirrors. A small shark fin goes down the engine cover, and supports a low T-wing above the exhaust and spanning almost the entire width of the rear wing.[6] One of the most significant updates of the season came at the Spanish Grand Prix, where Ferrari changed the way the mirrors were mounted, switching from a "standard" position to having them mounted on the Halo. They also added a winglet above each mirror, but the FIA deemed them illegal, despite claims from the team that they were intended to support the mirrors. Therefore, they were removed at the next race in Monaco[7]. After being outperformed by Mercedes at the Singapore, Russian and Japanese Grands Prix, Ferrari removed some of their updates at the United States Grand Prix, which allowed them to compete with and beat Mercedes again.[8]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN USA MEX BRA ABU
2018 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 062 EVO P Räikkönen 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 4 6 3 2 3 3 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 1 3 3 Ret 571 2nd
Vettel 1 1 8 4 4 2 1 5 3 1 Ret 2 1 4 3 3 6 4 2 6 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferrari F1 2018, ecco la SF71H, Arrivabene: «Un pezzo d'eccellenza del made in Italy»" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Scott (12 November 2017). "Pirelli to introduce new softest-compound pink-walled F1 tyre in '18". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 F1 Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 1 February 2018. Archived from the original on 1 February 2018.
  4. ^ Baldwin, Alan (14 April 2018). "Hamilton questions whether Mercedes can challenge Ferrari". reuters.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  5. ^ Collantine, Keith (4 October 2018). "Ferrari reveals new 'Mission Winnow' livery in Japan". Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  6. ^ Coch, Mat (23 February 2018). "Ferrari reveals SF71H 2018 Formula 1 entry". Speedcafe. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (23 May 2018). "Ferrari F1 team changes halo mirrors for Monaco after FIA ruling". Autosport.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ Nobkle, Jonathan (20 October 2018). "Vettel: Ferrari boosted by ditching recent upgrades". Retrieved 31 October 2018.