Ferrari reveals team and car launch dates for 2021

Ferrari has set the dates for its two launch events ahead of the new Formula 1 season, presenting both the team and the new SF21 car.

Ferrari reveals team and car launch dates for 2021

After completing a first fire-up of the new car for the 2021 season on Friday morning, Ferrari announced that it would be holding two launch events in the coming weeks ahead of the new season.

Ferrari F1 boss Mattia Binotto revealed in December that the team was planning to split its launch events in 2021, holding one event for the team and a separate one to unveil the car.

These dates have now been set for 26 February and 10 March respectively, with the first look at the car coming just two days before the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain.

It makes Ferrari the sixth team to reveal its launch plans ahead of the new season, leaving Red Bull, Alpine, Aston Martin and Haas as the only squads yet to announce any dates.

Ferrari accompanied the announcement with a short video of the fire-up being completed at its factory in Maranello.

 

Shortly before the fire-up, Binotto addressed the entire Ferrari team, with the majority of members tuning in to watch the event via video call.

"Our 2021 season starts here," said Binotto. "We can expect plenty of challenges along the way and we are determined to do better.

"The car has been improved in all areas where developments are permitted.

"We must work in a determined and focused way aware of where we were and where we want to go."

Ferrari enters the 2021 season looking to bounce back from its worst season in 40 years after slumping to sixth place in last year's championship, scoring just three podium finishes.

Read Also:

The team was hit hard following an FIA investigation into its power unit in 2019, with the resulting directives causing its performance to slump dramatically.

Ferrari will enter 2021 with a revised driver line-up, following the signing of Carlos Sainz to replace four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Sainz has already completed extensive running for the team in its simulator, as well as testing its 2018-spec car at Fiorano recently, but will not get a first run in the new car until the start of pre-season testing.

The Ferrari SF21 will complete its first extended run on 12 March when testing begins in Bahrain.

2021 F1 car launches

Team Date
Mercedes March 2
Red Bull  
McLaren February 15
Aston Martin March
Alpine February
Ferrari March 10
AlphaTauri February 19
Alfa Romeo February 22 
Haas  
Williams March 5
shares
comments

Related video

The potential pitfalls Mercedes is working to counter in 2021
Previous article

The potential pitfalls Mercedes is working to counter in 2021

Next article

Mercedes admits it has "some issues" with 2021 F1 engine

Mercedes admits it has "some issues" with 2021 F1 engine
Load comments
The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Prime

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Prime

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months.

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Prime

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. Oleg Karpov asks if any of these goals are achievable…

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Prime

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Prime

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Prime

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes Prime

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Formula 1
Dec 4, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021