F1: Charles Leclerc reacts to Scuderia Ferrari’s new SF-24

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With the first race of the 2024 Formula 1 season just weeks away and less than 100 days until the Monaco Grand Prix in May, Scuderia Ferrari has unveiled its SF-24, a car that represents the dreams and aspirations of a brand hoping that this year will mark a return to days of glory.

After weeks of teasing its imminent arrival, Scuderia Ferrari has lifted the curtain on the brand-new SF-24, its latest Formula 1 car, at a showcase held at the Fiorano Circuit near the manufacturer’s famous Maranello headquarters.

The SF-24 is the 70th car that Ferrari has built to take part in the F1 World Championship and represents the third in F1’s ground effect generation.

Led by Enrico Cardile, the design team say they have created a car that will be is easier for drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to drive: “The goal is to allow them to make the most of the power unit’s potential, combined with their undoubted skill behind the wheel.”

The SF-24 sports a new white and yellow livery, inspired by a successful reveal in Las Vegas and honouring Ferrari’s racing legacy. With less black and the first white and yellow stripes since 1968, the markedly different aesthetic symbolises Ferrari’s desire to refresh its approach to racing in Formula 1 and the endurance category. 

“Every area of the car has been redesigned”

“I like the look of the car a lot, including the white and yellow parts on the bodywork,” says Monaco-born and bred Leclerc of the new design, “but of course, what really interests me is how it will perform on track, as that’s all that matters. The SF-24 ought to be less sensitive and easier to drive and for us drivers that’s what you need in order to do well. I expect the car to be a step forward in several areas and from the impression I formed in the simulator I think we’re where we want to be.” 

Cardile, meanwhile, says, “With the SF-24, we wanted to create a completely new platform and in fact, every area of the car has been redesigned… We have taken on board what the drivers told us and turned those ideas into engineering reality, with the aim of giving them a car that’s easier to drive and therefore easier to get the most out of and push it to its limits. We did not set ourselves any design constraints other than that of delivering a strong and honest racing car.” 

With the longest-ever racing season ahead – 24 races, to be exact, beginning in Bahrain on 2nd March – Monaco’s homegrown driver Leclerc is clear on what he wants to get out of the car and of 2024. 

“This season, the aim is to be front runners all the time and I want to give our fans plenty to cheer about, by dedicating race wins to them,” says the 26-year-old.  

Click here to explore the full specifications of the new SF-24 model.


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