F1: Ferrari slammed over 'hideous' new livery
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Ferrari have “learned the lessons” of the Italian F1 stable’s worst season in 40 years, team president John Elkann said at the unveiling of the SF21 car for the 2021 campaign.
At the launch in Maranello, Elkann said that “2020 is behind us but won’t be forgotten and will have made us stronger”.
Racing director Laurent Mekies agreed that “2021 is about the lessons learned in an incredibly difficult 2020 campaign.
“The last season has put us to the test both on track and at the factory.
“We have tried to learn from our mistakes and to improve in the areas where we were simply not strong enough.
“Of course, in context of frozen technical regulations and new financial regulations, there is a limit to how fast we can turn things around but nevertheless, we are trying to reconstruct our way back to the more competitive side of the grid.”
Ferrari placed sixth in the constructors’ standings last season, 442 points behind champions Mercedes.
Drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr will be behind the wheel of the new SF21 on Friday before winter testing in Bahrain ahead of the first Grand Prix of the season in Sakhir on March 28.
The SF21, sporting a new engine, is an evolution of last year’s SF1000, as dictated by the regulations, which require the use of the same chassis as in 2020 and so limiting the opportunities for change in many areas.
As they embark on a new campaign, Ferrari has also opted for a very different, two-tone livery. The rear is reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, but as it moves gradually towards the cockpit area, the colour transforms into the modern red, with a splash of lime green on the bonnet.
In fact, Leclerc said the addition of green was a “last-minute change” that will take some adjusting to.
“I have to say that I’m getting used to it, seeing it on the car,” he said.
There were plenty of critics of the new colour scheme on social media, who are no fans of Ferrari’s bold new look — especially the green logo on the engine cover to spruik sponsor Mission Winnow.
Analyst John Rosevear tweeted: “The green Mission Winnow logo is completely hideous.”
Writer Sahil Mohan Gupta wrote: “This mission winnow green on the red of the Ferrari makes it look like a tomato.”
On his Twitter account techAU, Jason Cartwright said: “Don’t love this new Ferrari livery. The gradient change at the rear is too fast, but that green logo is really out of place. Needed some other green trim to look designed, rather than slapped on.”