Well. Wow. And wow again. We’ve wanted Ferrari to do something a bit different for years now, but we weren’t expecting this. The new SF16-H has been unveiled, and it’s got a distinctly 1970s-ish twist to it:
Yes, the intent is obviously for us all to be put in mind of the classic 312T, which the team raced (in various forms) between 1974 and 1981, picking up three championships along the way. Lauda, Regazzoni, Villeneuve, Scheckter – they’ve all driven a Ferrari with that distinctive white hood and Italian flag stripes, and now Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be doing so as well.
(Of course, if you wanted to be cruel, you could also point out that it wasn’t exactly a brilliant omen the last time the team had a car that looked like this, in 1993 – but that’s obviously not the year they’re looking to evoke.)
I’ve said many times since launching this site that as far as I’m concerned, a Ferrari should be red with black wings (and a bit of yellow). But if we can’t have that? This is pretty much the next-best thing.
But I still wish they’d get rid of that sodding fake-Marlboro flag on the engine cover…