Rivals Scuderia-Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG revealed their 2018 race cars on the same day. Both teams have high expectations for both machine and its drivers as they look to fight for the championship this season.
Dubbed by the prancing horse as SF71H, their latest machine is the 64th single-seater to come out of the stable to compete in F1. In comparison to its predecessor, the SF71H now has a longer wheelbase and an “aggressive” radiator duct that allows better engine cooling.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will be driving the SF71H this season after extending their contracts last year.
Mercedes-AMG, on the other hand, says that it has created its most advanced race car ever with the W09 EQ Power+. It took the team a lot of working hours to put 7,000 parts and 40,000 components to build its new machine.
The F1 team also boasts that the new M09 EQ Power+ engine improved its durability to conform with the new regulations that only allow three engine swaps throughout the season compared to last year’s four.
Will the SF71H be able to bring the Scuderia-Ferrari back to its former glory? Or will Mercedes-AMG continue to dominate F1? Will Vettel claim a sixth championship or will Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton defend his title and win his fifth? Who will you root for? So many questions will be answered as soon as the 2018 F1 season starts in Australia this March.