Ferrari has just launched its all-new 2019 Formula 1 car at a special event in Italy, and the changes compared to last year’s iteration are quite obvious.
Visually, the new SF90, named this way to commemorate the automaker’s 90th anniversary, is wearing a Matte Red livery with black accents, as opposed to last year’s design which was a Metallic Red with white accents. We can also see that Mission Winnow branding is in use more than last year, on the front and rear wings, nose and engine cover.
A strong evolution
Even though the SF90 has been described as an evolution of the old SF71H, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says that the Italian outfit has tried to be as “extreme” as possible while designing the new race car.
“In 2018 we got really good achievements, and this car is a development of last year’s car. “It is not a revolution. We simply tried to push again to raise the bar, raise the level and try to be as extreme as we could.”
Since 2019 regulations require a simplification of front wing design, Ferrari had to increase front wing width to 2 meters, equaling the track of the car. At the rear, the wing is higher by 70 mm (2.75 inches) and wider by 100 mm (3.93 inches). Meanwhile, the end plates are 100 mm longer and house the rear lights, which now consist of a pair of LEDs positioned at the outer edges of the rear wing.
A strong driver lineup
Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel will enter his fifth season with the Scuderia, and will now be joined by rising star Charles Leclerc, who replaces Kimi Raikkonen (racing for Alfa Romeo).