Ferrari has launched the F14 T, a day after revealing the name of its 2014 challenger.
The launch follows McLaren’s official and Lotus’ unofficial reveal of their own cars, the MP4-29 and E22, respectively.
The nose structure remains the biggest point of contention by the designers.
Ferrari technical director James Allison told this writer at the United States Grand Prix in Austin last November that he thought one of the largest technical challenges to master on the new 2014 cars would be the front wing assembly.
Ferrari’s is a single nose assembly, swooping down from in front of the cockpit and forward. It’s distinctly different than either McLaren’s or Lotus’.
This is the car that the Scuderia hopes will launch either Fernando Alonso or Kimi Raikkonen to Ferrari’s first Driver’s Championship since 2007 (Raikkonen) and/or Constructor’s Championship since 2008.
The launch video is linked here, via Ferrari’s official website.
Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull stands a “decent chance” of signing off from the 2017 Formula 1 season with a victory in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
After a slow start to the year, Red Bull made massive gains across the course of the season by developing its RB13 to end the season as front-runners, rivaling Mercedes and Ferrari for pace.
The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi has a number of slow-speed sections that should suit the RB13 car, with Ricciardo optimistic about his chances of not only ending his podium drought at the track, but even winning the race.
“Yas Marina has actually been one of my favorite tracks over the years,” Ricciardo said in Red Bull’s pre-race preview.
“It’s been a bit like Suzuka for me though, a track that I’ve always enjoyed and gone well on but not quite reached the podium at. I broke that trend in Suzuka this year so hopefully I can do the same in Abu Dhabi.
“When you have so much time away from the car in the off season it helps to sign off with a strong result as it makes you feel like you really deserve a break.
“I think we should have a strong car in Abu Dhabi. I said I want another win before the season is out and I think we have a decent chance of achieving that.”
Red Bull has claimed three race wins through 2017, with Ricciardo’s victory in Azerbaijan being followed up by successes for teammate Max Verstappen in Malaysia and Mexico.