Ferrari SF1000

The Ferrari SF1000 is a Formula One racing car designed and constructed by Scuderia Ferrari. It was originally intended to contest the 2020 Formula One World Championship,[1] but under an agreement reached between teams and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, 2020-specification cars will see their lifespan extended to compete in 2021.[2]

The SF1000 will be driven by Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in 2020,[3] and by Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. in 2021 as Vettel will leave the team.[4][5] The car was planned to make its competitive début at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, but this was delayed when the race was called off and the next nine events were postponed or cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6][7] The SF1000 made its début at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix.

Background

Naming

The car's designation "SF1000" refers to Ferrari's one thousandth Grand Prix entry, which was originally due to occur at the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix, however, due to the cancellation and postponement of several races its 1000th race is now expected to be at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix.[8] Sebastian Vettel continued his tradition of naming his cars, this time calling it "Lucilla".[9]

Initial design

As a consequence of the technical regulations being largely unchanged for the 2020 season, the SF1000 was designed as an evolution of its predecessor the SF90, with Mattia Binotto stating: "The starting point for this car was the SF90 but we have been extreme with all the concepts as much as we could".[10]

The SF1000's centre of gravity was lowered through lowering elements of its cooling system. The initial release of the car showed that it also featured narrower sidepod inlets, tighter rear bodywork and more complex bargeboard components.[11][10]

Season summary

Prior to the start of the delayed 2020 season, Binotto revealed that for the Austrian Grand Prix the team would use the same configuration of the SF1000 that appeared in pre-season testing. He also stated that "at the moment, we don’t have the fastest package" and that the team would introduce a major update for the third race in Hungary.[12]

At the first race, the Austrian Grand Prix, Leclerc and Vettel could only qualify seventh and eleventh respectively, with Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri remarking that it was "clear that we have to improve on all fronts." During the race, Leclerc took advantage of retirements of both Red Bulls and a time penalty for Lewis Hamilton to finish an unexpected second, whereas Vettel finished tenth having spun during an overtake attempt.[13] Vettel stated he was "happy that [he] spun only once" and that the car was difficult to drive.[14]

The team brought forward their Hungarian Grand Prix update to the Styrian Grand Prix,[15] however the SF1000 did not fare much better in the rain-affected qualifying session with Vettel and Leclerc qualifying only tenth and eleventh respectively.[16] Leclerc was later demoted three places on the grid for impeding another driver during the session.[17] Both drivers were eliminated from the race on the first lap after colliding with each other.[18]

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Power unit Tyres Driver name Grands Prix Points WCC Ref.
2020 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari P Sebastian Vettel AUT STY HUN GBR ANI ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS 19* 5th
10 Ret
Charles Leclerc AUT STY HUN GBR ANI ESP BEL ITA TUS RUS
2 Ret
Notes

* Championship in progress.
Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed over 90% of the winner's race distance.

References

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  6. ^ Coch, Mat (13 March 2020). "Confirmed: F1 cancelled at Australian Grand Prix". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix postponed". formula1.com. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Ferrari F1 2020 launch: A grandiose launch for the SF1000 but can Ferrari stop Mercedes?". BBC Sport. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
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  12. ^ Collantine, Keith (30 June 2020). "Ferrari to introduce major car update at Hungarian Grand Prix". racefans.net. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  13. ^ Collantine, Keith (6 July 2020). "Seventh and 11th "certainly not the grid position Ferrari should have" – CEO". racefans.net. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
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  15. ^ Noble, Jonathan (6 July 2020). "Ferrari to fast track update package for F1 Styrian GP". autosport.com. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  16. ^ "'We just weren't quick enough' – Ferrari drivers bemoan lack of speed after another lacklustre qualifying". formula1.com. 11 July 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Charles Leclerc hit with three place grid penalty for Styrian Grand Prix". formula1.com. 11 July 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
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