Ferrari presents its 2023 F1 car, the SF-23. It was one of the most eagerly awaited single-seater cars in the world and now it’s here for real. Ferrari unveiled the SF-23 on Tuesday, which will compete in the 2023 Formula One World Championship and be the most likely car to challenge and beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Scuderia Ferrari unveiled the SF-23 car for the 2023 Formula One season on Tuesday. The car will be driven this year by Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Carlos Sainz of Spain.
The Italian team unveiled the SF-23 car at a live event, which will compete in the 2023 world championship and with which Ferrari hopes to fight for the world title it has not won since 2008.
In 2022, the team seemed to be in a position to fight for the title at the beginning of the year, but reliability problems, several strategic errors and a few mistakes by the drivers finally dampened the hopes of the Tifosi, who had to be content with a second place in the world championship behind the Red Bull Racing team.
For 2023, Scuderia Ferrari will once again rely on its driver duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, while on the management side, the Italian team has acquired the services of Frenchman Fred Vasseur as a direct replacement for Mattia Binotto, who held the position for four seasons.
As for the livery of the SF-23, there are no big surprises as Ferrari has obviously kept its red colour, but the Tifosi will have noticed the inscription “Ferrari” on the rear wing as on the F1-75 of last year at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza where the Maranello team presented a special livery on its car.
Will Scuderia Ferrari (finally) be able to win the world title this year in F1 after 15 years of waiting? We’ll have to wait a few more weeks and the first race of the 2023 season to find out if this SF-23 will be THE car that the Tifosi have been waiting for for a long time now…
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Ferrari: Increased reliability of its 2023 F1 engine
A real Achilles heel in 2022 with several reliability issues, the 2023 engine mounted at the rear of the SF-23 is expected to be more reliable and powerful this year.
Ferrari engineers have been working hard this winter to develop a more reliable and powerful power unit for the Italian team’s new car, which was unveiled on Tuesday.
The SF-23, which will be driven this season by Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc and team-mate Carlos Sainz, was unveiled by Ferrari on Tuesday. With this SF-23, the Maranello-based team hopes to fight for the world title it has been chasing for fifteen years now.
In addition to a completely new bodywork compared to last year’s F1-75, Ferrari also worked hard on the power unit over the winter to make it more reliable, and even though engine development is now frozen in F1, the Italian team still managed to introduce some updates to its V6 hybrid.
“The preparation work for the new season is usually one of the busiest times of the year and this winter was no exception.” was the statement from the team,
“The power units have been frozen since last year, including fluids, oil and fuel, and the only changes allowed are those related to reliability, which was our Achilles heel last season,” Enrico Gualtieri, Ferrari’s head of the engine department, tells us.
“We have focused on the internal combustion engine and the electric motors. At the same time, we tried to capitalise on the experience we gained on track last season and studied all the feedback and signs of weakness in the components of the power units we used. We have also reviewed our assembly procedures.”
“We have tried to understand the root causes of the problems we have encountered on track and have used all our available tools to try and solve them.”
“This has involved all areas, from design to experimentation to try and test new solutions in a very short space of time. The work never stops, based on continuous improvement of components to try and achieve the required level of reliability.”
LeClerc’s temperament is too flaky for a world champion. Sainz is much more likely if Ferrari gets its working environment better and more stable.