Ferrari hopes to end Mercedes dominance with new SF71H F1 entry

Mercedes and Ferrari cars for F1 2018 poised to be revealed

Raikkonen said "it's an excellent vehicle, and our aim is to be faster" this year than last, when the Ferraris trailed the Mercedes on the faster circuits.

The German's world championship bid fell away after leading eventual champion Lewis Hamilton by 14 points going into the summer break.

Scuderia Ferrari kicked off the 2018 Formula 1 season by revealing its new challenger, the SF71-H, Thursday (Feb. 22) at their headquarters in Maranello, Italy.

Ferrari's promotional video unveiling their Formula 1 vehicle for 2018.

"The step that we have done in 2017 was incredible", he said. "The team are waiting for us to say how the auto feels so we can't wait to get on to the track and see how it performs and how it behaves".




"We will see that next week and the first race the halo looks different but to be honest we tried it a year ago and it wasn't a big difference".

The halo-fitted new auto was shown off at Ferrari's Maranello base on Thursday, four days before the start of F1's pre-season testing at Barcelona. For example I would mention we tried to develop the vehicle to be strong and performant on high-speed circuits, but also improve reliability. "This year, in the fact that it is going to be a close season, we have no idea what we are going to face. So we put in quite a lot of effort to make sure everything was working properly".

"(The car) looks nice and usually when it looks nice, there's speed also", added Raikkonen.

"We've tried to stay true to our design philosophy and develop an already solid base", said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. "With this vehicle, it's designed into it so you shouldn't see it when you're driving".

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