Ferrari has chosen the name for the car they will compete with in the 2021 F1 season.
Next year’s car will be closely based on Ferrari’s 2020 chassis due to new rules limiting how far teams can change their designs. These regulations were introduced after plans to overhaul the technical rules in 2021 were postponed by a year as a cost-cutting measure due to the pandemic.
Binotto said the team had chosen “a very simple name” for the car “because we believe that next year is a transition to 2022, so let’s keep ‘SF21’ the name.
“It will be certainly partially a frozen car, the same chassis from 2020. That’s the way it is.”
The car will be driven by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr, the team’s new hiring from McLaren, who made his first official appearance as a Ferrari driver before the media today.
“It’s the youngest line-up of Scuderia Ferrari since 1968,” said Binotto of the team’s drivers. “But I know as well that we’ve got two drivers [who are] very young but very talented, and also with already some experience. Carlos is not in the first year [with] an F1 team at the moment.”
Ferrari is planning separate launch events for its team and its car. The SF21 will not appear until pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“We will organise differently the unveiling of the car next year,” said Binotto. “We will organise at first an event where we will present the team, our drivers, to our fans, to our partners, to yourself, journalists.”
“So while I think very early we may present our team and the drivers we may organise a second event, that could be directly at Barcelona, winter testing, where we may unveil the car and that will be done in a different way,” he added.
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