Vettel and Ferrari 'fired up' for 2018 after unveiling SF71H

Mercedes and Ferrari cars for F1 2018 poised to be revealed

The Ferrari Formula 1 team on Thursday unveiled its latest grand prix racing auto, the SF71H, hoping it will end four years of Mercedes' dominance in the 2018 season.

The presentation at a snow-covered Maranello came on the same day as Mercedes' launch at Silverstone, as the rival teams compete for media attention even before a wheel is turned in official testing.

For the fourth consecutive year 38-year-old Raikkonen and four-time world champion Vettel, 30, will spearhead the Scuderia's campaign.

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The major sponsor of the team, Spanish bank Santander, no longer is on the vehicle, making the new Ferrari very red in its livery.

Vettel added: "I don't think the halo will bother, I think it's much less intrusive than I thought". It also carries the championship hopes of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with Vettel aiming to beat Lewis Hamilton to a fifth career title this year. For example I would mention we tried to develop the vehicle to be strong and performant on high-speed circuits, but also improve reliability. The Halo, which is mandatory this year, has a red fairing and a Ferrari badge placed on the front.

"The step that we have done in 2017 was incredible", he said.

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The vehicle has now a longer wheelbase in the front to extract a more aerodynamic effect, and the sidepods have changed dramatically in comparison to last year's model.

Ferrari are tipped to introduce a longer wheelbase on their 2018 auto to bring them more in line with Mercedes' configuration.

"Some minor things change every year, but the chassis is mostly a development - and now is obviously the time where you see the vehicle, it's all ready, so you want to get in, go out on the track and have a go", said 2017 championship runner-up Sebastian Vettel.

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