A retired top team member once said that to change the design direction of a car, you must first change the engineers who designed it. Ferrari presented its SF-24 on Tuesday and they talked about a car that “broke the past” of its two predecessors in this technical F1 era, “completely redesigned in a new platform,” according to Enrico Cardile, the technical director. . At first glance, there are many similarities with the SF-23. It is true that the architecture of the pontoons is closer to the Red Bull philosophy and the famous bathtub on the engine cover is gone. But no revolution was seen, perhaps because this team was not too far from the last round of last season, with Sainz winning in Singapore and Leclerc close to achieving it in Las Vegas.
The SF-24 debuts on February 13 with a 200-kilometer run at Fiorano shared by two pilots. This is Sainz’s last Ferrari. “A very special car in my sporting career,” admitted the Spaniard. In recent weeks, the house of Maranello has been repeatedly in the transfer market with the participation of Hamilton in 2025, the indefinite change of Leclerc and the departure of the native of Madrid. That will inevitably change the moods in the garage and it remains to be seen how it influences the dynamics and decisions of the game. Or team orders.
In any case, Carlos has 24 races ahead of him to leave his mark on the tifosi, increase the team’s showcase and, above all, his. Perhaps his next project will take him back to a starting point, in a team built, so he should enjoy a car that can climb the podium and win every race while possible.
Cardile promises “an easy driving car that allows you to get the most and reach the limit.” “We’re hoping it can recreate on track what we saw in the wind tunnel,” he said. Those kinds of messages have come out of Maranello in recent months, a certain optimism has emerged from the winter around Ferrari. The tests in Bahrain will put everything in place, perhaps when Red Bull hits the asphalt. Aesthetically, the SF-24 reproduces the colors of the 499P that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023. Perhaps this is a good way to start: copy the livery of a winning car, made in the same industrial which is complex, and see if something else sticks to it.