Meet the SF1000, Ferrari’s Challenger For The 2020 Formula 1 World Championship

Ferrari has finally unveiled its challenger for the prestigious 2020 Formula 1 World Championship at an event in Italy. Christened as the SF1000, the car pays a tribute to a 1000 races that Ferrari would have completed by the end of the 2020 season, since the time it has been a part of F1. Read on to find out what changes have been made by the Maranello based manufacturer to beat current World Champions Mercedes.

The new Ferrari SF1000 unveiled at Romolo Valli opera house in Reggio Emilia, Italy In an extravagant fashion. Ferrari intends to break the dominance of Mercedes in the Turbo-era, with 2020 SF1000 and win both the drivers and the constructors championship.

Ferrari is one of the few car manufacturers in the world that has been part of motorsports since its inception. It is also one of the only few manufacturers which has taken part in all the premier motorsports like the Formula One World Championship (F1) and the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Scuderia Ferrari - Ferrari’s racing division- is the most successful team in Formula One history. With 237 Race victories, 765 Podiums, 228 Pole positions, 16 Constructors Championships, and 15 Drivers Championships from 993 Race entries. 

On February 11, 2020, at Reggio Emilia, Italy, Ferrari unveiled the SF1000 - Scuderia Ferrari’s 2020 F1 Race Car. To mark Scuderia Ferrari’s thousandth Grand Prix - which will happen this year -they named their 2020 race car the SF1000. The SF1000 has a huge responsibility on its shoulders, i.e. to end the domination that Mercedes have been enjoying for the past six years of the hybrid era of Formula One. It also has been tasked with stopping Lewis Hamilton From taking the 7th drivers championship and tieing F1 legend Michael Schumacher. 

The SF1000 was unveiled to the world at the grandiose Romolo Valli opera house in typical Ferrari fashion. At first glance, the SF1000 looks similar to the SF90 (2019 race car) to an untrained eye. While unveiling the SF1000, Mattia Binotto -Team Principal of the Scuderia Ferrari- said “The starting point was the car of last year, the SF90, But certainly we have been extreme on the concept as much as we could… It may look similar to last year but it’s completely different from the one seen last year, and a lot of the concepts are very extreme on [the SF1000].” The SF1000 is the evolution of the SF90, keeping the SF90’s strong aspects and making minor changes to improve on its pitfalls. Binotto also said, “The entire car, power unit, has been packaged to have a very narrow and slim body shape.”

Changes from SF90 to SF1000

What we could make out from the unveiling and the studio photos was the front wing hasn’t been much updated, but going back from there, they have made some subtle changes. The guide vanes, where the nose meets the wing, has been removed and the guide vanes under the nose have been pushed further forward and outward. The bargeboards are extended as high as the regulation will allow. Alongside the raised bargeboards now sits a boomerang wing. The other major change is to the rear of the car, where the rear section is tightened a bit more than last year and the shark fins are now taller. These are the changes we could notice. For more detailed analysis and review of the 2020 car, we will have to wait till Sun, 19th of Feb, where Ferrari will give the entire know-how in Catalunya, Spain. Oh, and also, the 2010 reminiscent wingtips also make their way on either side of the intake.

From the get-go, the SF1000 focuses more on downforce than the SF90. The 2019 season was the closest season of the hybrid era, and the SF1000 is looking to make it even closer. Scuderia Ferrari is keeping the same lineup of drivers as 2019 - the four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and the more than proficient Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc. The German driver remarked,” I like it a lot, And it's a little bit more red than last year." Both the Drivers are expecting to take the fight to the dominant duo of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. 

We are expecting the 2020 Formula One season to be the tightest season of the hybrid era, before the regulation changes for the 2021 season. The pre-season testing is set to happen at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19. We will get to know how close the field will be for the 2020 season on that day. Formula One fans around the world will be busy this week with reveals of the 2020 cars and next week with pre-season testing.

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