Ferrari has launched their new SF16-H car for the 2016 season which they hope will push Mercedes all the way and secure a long-awaited driver’s championship victory.
The Italian manufacturer last won the drivers' title in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen and president Sergio Marchionne has pumped up the volume within his team as they try to win the championship again before too long.
Marchionne said: "If we were to somehow fail to win a title over a 10-year span, it would be a tragedy."
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To that end, Ferrari has poached several Mercedes engineers to try and bridge the gap with the German manufacturer’s 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged hybrid power unit and this has led to recriminations and lawsuits.
The Scuderia has reverted to the more popular push suspension from the pull suspension that they had been using since 2012. It is hoped that this will generate more stability around corners and give drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen more confidence to push the SF16-H to its limits.
Raikkonen is out of contract at the end of the season and his future is uncertain. Nico Rosberg also happens to be out of contract with Mercedes after this season and will not be happy with some
Formula 1 fans dreaming of a Lewis Hamilton and Vettel double act at Mercedes next year.
As for now, Vettel is hoping that the SF16-H gives him the ability to show Hamilton why he won four consecutive titles in a dominant Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
2016 certainly has the makings of a fascinating season as Hamilton aims to make it a hat-trick of titles while Nico Rosberg would be happy just to get his first, but the two former World Champions at Ferrari - with five titles between them - are hoping to exploit the on-going tensions within Mercedes and become regulars on the podium.
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