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WATCH: Ferrari has high hopes for beautiful new F1 car

Ferrari is hopeful that its new F1-75 car can challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for the F1 world title this year.

Ferrari has not won the constructors’ title in 14 years, with the Scuderia finishing third last season and sixth in 2020.

The most successful Formula 1 team won the last of their record 16 Constructors’ titles in 2008, with Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen winning the last Prancing Horse driver’s title in 2007.

Their latest race win came with former driver Sebastian Vettel, who led a Ferrari one-two ahead of Leclerc at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix.

Monaco’s Charles Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz will continue their quest to break the dominance of Mercedes and Red Bull next season.

Sainz, 27, finished fifth last season, two places above 24-year-old Leclerc.

“The expectations are very high because we are Ferrari and we are always expected to win,” said Leclerc.

“But we won’t know until we’re on the track.”

Unveiled at Maranello, the F1-75 takes its name from an important anniversary for the team, 75 years since founder Enzo Ferrari produced his first Ferrari car.

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The car features a darker red and black livery, a throwback to the Scuderia’s oldest cars, combined with the innovative design of the new F1 machines.

But the F1-75 has a different profile from its predecessor in order to comply with new regulations coming into effect this season, which many people expect will make the grid more competitive.

The latter favors ground effect, or suction, rather than aerodynamic support, so that F1 cars can overtake more easily during the race, with the cars having bigger wheels.

The new Ferrari also has a two-piece nose with the wing at the bottom, which should give engineers a wider range of settings to suit the characteristics of different circuits.

Red Bull has already presented a preliminary version of its F1 2022 car and Mercedes will present its own on Friday.

The first pre-season testing is scheduled in Barcelona from Wednesday to Sunday and the first race will take place in Bahrain on March 20.

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