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The car Ferrari hopes will arrest its alarming F1 slide

The 2020 Formula 1 season was a miserable one for Ferrari, made worse by the knowledge that a significant portion of its underperforming SF1000 would be carried over to 2021. Jarring livery aside, the SF21 shows intent to right the wrongs of last year

Cult consumer TV show Rogue Traders will have its work cut out, given the quantity of leaks that have sprung up amid Formula 1’s 2021 launch season. Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Williams have all endured pre-embargo sneak previews, leaks and hackings over the previous few weeks, before Ferrari took its turn in the limelight earlier than expected.

Out of the teams taking part in the latest F1 season, Ferrari carries the largest weight of expectation. The 2020 season was an abject year in which it went from challenging for victories to toiling in the battle amid the midfielders. Even in the battle for best of the rest, it was outclassed thanks to an overly draggy aero package and a lobotomised power unit that cost the team its potency on the straights.

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