Ferrari Unveils SF71-H Challenger for 2018 Formula 1 Season

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EQ Power+ refers to Merc's ongoing hybrid model strategy, and we're told that over 7,000 "drawn parts" have been built, and more than 40,000 components have been through "non-destructive testing inspection".

Lewis Hamilton's chief protagonist Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari have taken a big step over the winter after the Italian team lifted the lid on their 2018 challenger.

Vettel says Ferrari has learnt from its mistakes a year ago and are "completely fired up" to beat rivals Mercedes in the upcoming season.

World champion Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to drive the W09 in the afternoon, after the auto is officially unveiled.

But Vettel, who was speaking at the launch of Ferrari's vehicle from their Maranello base on Thursday, hopes they will continue to take the fight to Mercedes in 2018.

"We have kept the aggressive concepts".

"We can't wait to get out on the track to see how the auto performs and behaves".

"That is the answer we all want to get, and we will go from there".

The new vehicle shares much with last year's "diva" (though boss Toto Wolff admitted he liked some of the traits of last year's auto, unsurprisingly), with a similar design philosophy.

The vehicle is the first Ferrari to have the mandatory Halo head protection system installed, and will be raced once again by Sebastian Vettel, runner-up in the championship to Lewis Hamilton last season, and Kimi Räikkönen. Last August, the four-time F1 world champion signed a new deal to stay with Ferrari until at least the end of the 2020 season.

"The halo looks different but to be honest we tried it a year ago and it wasn't a big difference", Raikkonen said.

The first chance to measure up against Mercedes' new vehicle will come in preseason testing next week in Montmelo, Spain.

"I think what they are waiting for now is for us to say how it feels!" he laughed.

"We have been close for most of the year, not close enough when it mattered, but that's what happened". I don't play mind games.

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