Scuderia Ferrari launched their new car, the SF15-T in Maranello on Friday morning. The new car looks more streamlined and no longer features the sloped nose like it did last season.
Speaking about his first impressions of the car, Kimi Raikkonen, who is joined by Sebastian Vettel this season said that the new SF15-T looks nice and that it different to last year’s car. The Finn said its looks good from the data that he has seen but they will have to wait until they get the car out on track before seeing how it performs.
Raikkonen feels that the team have learnt a lot from last season and is hopeful that they can be stronger this season and bring Ferrari back to the front where they should be. The Finn said it is too early to say where they will be this season but that they plan to work forward from the winter and continue to develop the car following testing.
He is looking forward to working alongside Sebastian Vettel and challenging each other on the track but in a good way. Raikkonen was asked about his time at Ferrari and he said that he is happy to be with the team and glad to be with the team.
Sebastian Vettel joins Ferrari and he thinks the car looks beautiful and watching the car come together was something very special. The German was asked about the change in driving position but he said that is ok as it is customised so that isn’t a problem as you can ask for what you want.
He said that the main changes are the steering wheel layout and the strategy, however he feels he will have the team during testing to get into the grove with things.
He is looking forward to racing in the historic red of Ferrari. It will take a bit of time to adapt to the new things in place at the team but expects that this will be easier during the season. Speaking about Kimi Raikkonen he doesn’t expect any problems as the Finn is very straightforward.
When asked about the expectations for the season, Vettel was cautious and said that it will take time to deliver success. Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has targeted at least one race win this season, but Vettel is believes that the changes at Ferrari will take time to find a groove.
Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene likes the aesthetics of the new car but in terms of performance he is not sure but from the outside the new SF15-T looks sexy. Speaking about the managerial changes at the team, Arrivabene said that this had nothing to do with the philosophy of the team as the founder had set the philosophy.
He said that the team want to win as much as possible and that when he said in December that one victory was the target he was being realistic.
The Italian expects his drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel to work together and to do the best for the team. Arrivabene concluded by saying that Formula One needs a revolution and evolution amid suggestions that the engine regulations will be changed once again in 2017.
Scuderia Ferrari Technical James Allison believes that the new look Formula One cars for 2015 will be more appealing in relation to the front wing and nose assembly.
He feels that the weight limit allows teams on the grid to have a sensible ballast both at the front and rear of the car without fear of the car being overweight.
Allison stated that the team have worked extremely hard over the winter to rectify the problems with overall performance they suffered last season and they hope that this will not happen in 2015.
© Ben Johnston 2015