Ferrari’s release the SF16-H F1 car

Ferrari have released their new SF16-H challenger for 2016 with the express purpose of taking the fight to Mercedes. The shorter nose and retro livery add to the new look. Team boss Maurizio Arrivebene said:

“Normally I am not setting the objectives, my boss sets the objective for the team.

“I think this year, we need to push a bit more. We would like to fight until the end for the championship.

“I know that is not going to be easy, because our competitors are not sleeping, but we are committed to do our best.”

Ferrari’s chief brain, James Allison, said:

“Back in 2013, Ferrari was not at the right level, the championship, except for maybe doing pitstops.

“We’ve worked very hard on all of those areas. Last year was a decent step forward and we hope this car will be another good step forward to make us properly competitive.

“We have improved across the board. All our hopes are in this car, and we can’t wait to see it on the track.”

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Tom Firth

I quite like the retro look, do think the Scuderia Ferrari (Absolutely zero tobacco advertising related) logo spoils the look abit in its positioning. Impressed by the look of the new car though. Interesting that Ferrari have swapped to Push-Rod.

Also interesting adopted the Williams style nose, compared to last season.


Hi Tom, where did you pick up that they have switched to push rod suspension? Do you know if McLaren have done the same?
I’ve always wondered what makes engineering a pull rod system so difficult, notionally its a fairly simple rearrangement of the same components.

Tom Firth

I don’t know if mclaren have done the same, no but it was Sky F1 website which confirmed Ferrari had, but I’m sure others have picked up on it since. Ferrari said was a driver preference to switch back to push rod for this season.


According to F1Fanatic, “A key advantage of a pushrod layout is the ability to make faster setup changes during a session. With a pullrod setup a torsion bar, damper or heave element change means accessing the suspension components from underneath the car, which can be fiddly and time-consuming..”


Great link thanks S&A, it provides some interesting observations and insight on the features of the 2016 car. And as you quoted, no big deal about the switch back to push rods – not as ground breaking as when they introduced pull rods back in 2011 (?)


The aero gains from pull rod suspension can’t have been that big if they are prepared to ditch it for ‘driver preference’. I wonder if that translates to ‘couldn’t make it work’ in Italian ;-)


If they were going ‘retro’ I’d like to have seen a plain red car.
The stats they provide indicate why F1 is so expensive – 700 people working directly on the project, at least as many more in directly across 300 suppliers!
250,000 manufacturing hours, 1500 wind tunnel hours, who knows how many design and research hours sit behind those, all to put two cars on the grid 20 times a year.

Tom Firth

It is retro in as much as it is abit reminiscent of the 1975 entrant, with the airbox a different colour and the Italian flag band lines, that’s about it really.


This looks like an extremely slippery car. There’s huge changes at the back of the car, the 2016 model being much narrower which should greatly reduce drag and potentially increase underbody downforce especially with the higher short nose – (note that the labels are wrong in the image, the 2015 car is on the left, the 2016 on the right). The sidepods are also a little smaller – – and of course they’ve switched to pushrod suspension. The only potential negatives I can see here are whether this “size zero” car will be able to keep the engine &… Read more »