MILAN: Ferrari yesterday unveiled their new Formula One SF90 car which the Italian stable hopes will end their decade-long title drought to mark the team’s 90th anniversary.
The new SF90, featuring the team’s traditional red with splashes of black, was launched at a glitzy ceremony at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters by drivers Sebastian Vettel and new 21-year-old teammate Charles Leclerc.
“I’m extremely excited, I see the car completely assembled for the first time,” said Vettel, 31, who along with Leclerc wore a black suit with the Ferrari crest.
“Unfortunately, I’m not dressed properly and can’t just jump in and drive off. I can’t wait.
“I’m looking forward to this year, I think the team is on the right path and hopefully we can continue improving.”
Ferrari are the sport’s most successful team, but have not won the drivers’ title since Kimi Raikkonen took the title in 2007.
The team’s last constructors’ title was in 2008.
The past two seasons have held out the promise of Ferrari challenging Mercedes’ dominance, with Vettel finishing runner-up to Briton Lewis Hamilton on both occasions.
Vettel is heading into his fifth season with the team while Leclerc has replaced Raikkonen.
“Sebastian is hungry as ever, he knows the whole team is behind him,” said Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri.
“This year is an important one for us as we celebrate our 90th anniversary as the Scuderia Ferrari was born in Modena in 1929.
“It’s an important milestone as we continue to be inspired and guided by the vision of our founder Enzo Ferrari.