Several teams, including top two Mercedes and Ferrari, have revealed their 2016 challengers. Here’s a brief look at each of them.
Current constructors champion Mercedes AMG Petronas has released photos of their 2016 car, the F1 WO7 Hybrid. Mercedes Technical Chief Paddy Lowe said that the hybrid is the result of the team identifying weaknesses from last season and improving upon them. This includes the team’s lack of competitiveness in Singapore last year, as well as in other races that Lowe says “didn’t go to plan.” For him, it’s all about “seeking optimisation absolutely everywhere.”
Meanwhile, current second place in the constructor’s championship, Scuderia Ferrari, also revealed their 2016 car. For this year, Ferrari said its newest livery in red and white features a shortened nose and tapered rear.
Called the SD16-H, Ferrari Power Unit Director Mattia Binotto said this year’s car is a further “step forward” from its race-winning car last year. The SD16-H also boasts of what he calls “double efficiency. By this, Binotto explained, “Whatever is number of fuel you’ve got available, we are extracting almost the number of power from the engine itself.”
On the other hand, the McLaren Honda team also unveiled their 2016 car, the MP4-31. McLaren Technology Group CEO Ron Dennis said that the team’s main ambition is “to win.” The car is utilizing an RA616H power unit that Honda has developed exclusively for the team.
Meanwhile, Haas F1 team, who is making its debut in Formula 1 this year, has also unveiled its 2016 car known as the VF-16. This 2016 challenger uses a Ferrari power unit, which according to team principal Guenther Steiner, “really defined the rear end of the car and how big it needed to be.”
Moreover, Steiner says the goal for the team this year is get a “baseline of the direction we needed to go with our design.”