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Ferrari and Mercedes offer first look at their 2016 cars

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The two teams expected to fight for the 2016 F1 Championship have offered a first look at their new cars for the upcoming season.

Ferrari revealed their latest creation, named the SF16-H, in an online launch, while the defending champions Mercedes yesterday unveiled of their machine, the W07 hybrid, as current champion Lewis Hamilton will drive the new model in Barcelona this week for pre-season testing.

The new Ferrari is clearly a statement of intent as they look to close the gap on Mercedes with a car full of new features.


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The long front nose has been replaced with a short thumb-style design used by many on the grid, and the pull-rod suspension has gone in favour of a traditional push-rod setup. The bodywork of this new design is narrower and slimmer to improve aerodynamics.

The other most notable difference is a retro-style livery with a splash of white returning to the engine cover, perhaps a nod to the famous Ferrari driven by Niki Lauda some 40-years-ago.

On looks alone this is certainly a prancing horse that has pushed the boundaries more than previous cars and, with a hungry Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, if it goes as it looks, Mercedes will have a very big battle on their hands.

As for the Silver Arrows, as they release the hybrid car in Barcelona, they switched to a turbo-hybrid car for better performance over the winter.

Little in the way of detail can be made from the low-resolution pictures, this serves as a reminder for all F1 fans that the new season is now only a month away!

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