Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel & Kimi Raikkonen gave their thoughts on the new car to the media immediately after revealing the SF71-H.
The pair enter this season as teammates for the fourth time, following Sebastian Vettel’s arrival at the end of the 2014 season. While Vettel has largely had the upper hand over Raikkonen in the prevailing years, the pair both start this year as genuine contenders for the World Championship.
The car with which they will contend for the titles this year was revealed at Maranello on Thursday, at a glamorous but small event attended by Ferrari management and bosses, as well as journalists and selected fans.
Speaking about the new car, both were enthusiastic about their initial impressions. Sebastian Vettel said that expectations, for now, are tempered:
“Well, I think we always have some positive expectation.”
“The amount of work that goes into a new car is immense, it’s not just the work of the winter. Work on this started quite early during last season to look after this year’s car, and this is the result. Exciting times! In terms of expectations, it’s always difficult…we’ve worked very hard and we think in the right way. The next few weeks will be very important to understand if all the things we’ve thought of start making sense. We’re confident the car will be good to drive, and I can’t wait to get a feel.”
Kimi Raikkonen, in keeping with his usual refusal to get carried away with excitement, said that important progress has been made behind the scenes:
“It’s a new car. All the small details, I think it’s very well finished and there’s a lot of very small but important things that make a big difference. The attention to detail is there, and it looks good. A good step, but we will see later on.”
The team now fly to Barcelona for the beginning of official pre-season testing next week, but Ferrari will start lapping the Spanish circuit earlier than the rest – they will use one of their two permitted season filming days at Catalunya on Sunday with both men set to drive over the allocated 100 kilometres running.