Scuderia Ferrari have released images of the SF15-T, the car they hope will take them back to winning ways having seen their first winless season in Formula 1 since 1993 last season.
Having seen four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel join 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at the team for this season in place of McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso, the team are hoping that the SF15-T will be a vast improvement of the F14-T of 2014.
Their poor form of 2014 prompted a major management and staffing overhaul, but the hope of the SF15-T, the first Ferrari designed by James Allison, is that it can challenge for race wins on a regular basis unlike its predecessor.
The team has also overhauled its engine for 2015, with the power unit last year being one of the teams’ weaker points of last year.
Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted the team must stay realistic with its targets for 2015, but is hoping to end the winless run that dates back to the Spanish Grand Prix of 2013, and maybe even win twice during the season.
“I am just realistic,” said Arrivabene. “Nobody has the magic to change things, when things are unchangeable. “We find the car, the car was ready December of [last] year, and we apply certain modifications that in our opinion, are quite interesting.
“I don’t want to say that we are going to win the world championship but for sure we are committed at least to win two races.”
Technical Director Allison said that the alterations made to the engine should enable them to fight closer at the front of the field during the race having been compromised in 2014 by the power unit’s failure to recover as much energy as its rivals.
“We had a number of issues with last year’s engine and power unit,” said Allison. “Early on in the season the power delivery was not particularly sophisticated and quite tough for the drivers to get the type of throttle response that they wanted.
“It was improved a lot during the season and we take that a step further for the SF15-T.
“A definite weakness of last year’s car was that the amount of electrical energy that we were able to recover from the turbo was not really good enough for producing competitive power levels during the race. It was one of the reasons Ferrari’s qualifying performance was relatively stronger than race performance last year.
“We have tried to change the architecture of the engine to make it a better compromise between qualifying and racing performance.”
Vettel is scheduled to give the SF15-T its maiden run during the opening day of the pre-season test that gets underway at Jerez this Sunday.