Ferrari make flying start to 2023 as SF-23 hits the track at launch · RaceFans

The Ferrari SF-23 has been revealed today in a launch event at the team’s Fiorano test track headquarters.

The team immediately sent the new car out onto the track to complete its first laps in the hands of Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz Jnr is due to drive next.

Antonio Giovinazzi and Robert Shwartzman will share the role of reserve driver. Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon will be the team’s development drivers after many years of working for Ferrari on their simulator.

Frederic Vasseur arrived as the new team principal in place of Mattia Binotto last month. “I am very pleased with how the car looks,” said Vasseur. “I love the red colour and the ‘Effe Lunga’ that spans across the rear wing, reminding us of our heritage.”

“Our objective is to win the championship, which will not be an easy task as our competitors will have exactly the same target in mind,” he added. “We have to bring the right mindset with us and always work on being better tomorrow than we are today.”

Ferrari had already revealed the name of the car a week before the launch, and during the off-season announced that new sponsors would come on board but partnerships with others – such as Velas – had ended.

The team finished second in the championship last year, an improvement on the previous season, but was disappointed to miss out on the title after winning two of the first three races.

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