Ferrari fires up 2021 engine and reveals launch date

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Scuderia Ferrari have completed the very first fire up of its updated hybrid power unit that will propel the Maranello-based team’s 2021 Formula One car, the SF21.

Today has been an important day for Formula One’s most successful team as the team performed the first fire-up of its all-new engine its Gestione Sportiva facility in Maranello at 9 o’clock. The new car that will be driven by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz this season will bear named SF21.

Ahead of the fire-up, Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal Mattia Binotto spoke to his team, the majority of whom were connected remotely by video.

“Our 2021 season starts here”, he stated. “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.”

The Italian team has also confirmed the dates for both the team launch and the launch of the SF21 itself, due to take place on February 26 and March 10 respectively.

Ferrari have become the sixth team to confirm the launch date of its new car. McLaren currently looks set to unveil its new challenger as first team on 15 February, followed by AlphaTauri on 19 February, Alfa Romeo on 22 February, Mercedes on 2 March, Williams on 5 March with Ferrari’s launch scheduled for 10 March.