Ferrari have become the sixth team to officially reveal their 2015 car.
The Scuderia unveiled photos of the SF15-T online, as has been the trend so far this season. The Williams, Lotus, McLaren, Mercedes and Sauber challengers have already been seen – along with Force India’s 2015 livery on a 2014 car with this year spec nose – prior to the start of the first pre-season test, starting in Jerez on Sunday.
Alongside a new car, Ferrari also have a new line-up as four time world champion Sebastian Vettel joins Kimi Raikkonen at the team. Raikkonen won his world championship with the team back in 2007 but they suffered a bit of a slump last season. As was the case with Renault powered teams, Ferrari found themselves at a bit of a deficit to Mercedes power and the team eventually finished fourth. Fernando Alonso picked up two podiums while Raikkonen grappled with a car which did not play to his strengths as a driver. For Vettel at Red Bull it was also a difficult season as he failed to pick up a win after enjoying such success in the past few years. There were a few podiums but it was his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who picked up the wins.
“Obviously we want to be as strong as we can,” Raikkonen said of the new season. “It’s too early to say where we’re going to be and as long as we do our things 100%, work as one team with two cars, we can push things forward and keep building what we’ve been building over the winter and go from there. That’s the starting point and then obviously the results will come. There’s no point from my side to make any goals yet, we’ll start from the first test and go from there.”
“It’s a change of colour for me, so it’s a new experience but I think the car looks beautiful,” Vettel revealed. “To see how it comes together is always special, every year when there’s a new car when you see the first bits and finally the final car all assembled. I can’t wait to go on track and see how it feels. The first time when I arrived [in Maranello] last year the opportunity to test the car from 2012 was already something magical, something really really special. Of course now, to get going, to start the 2015 season properly will be something special. I think when the flag drops in Melbourne I think will be again a very special thing.”
Ferrari have shaken up their technical team, with long-term team member Pat Fry departing. They also have a new team principal in the form of Maurizio Arrivabene. Two drivers from the 2014 season – Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne – have joined the team in a testing capacity.