New Ferrari looks a big step up, says Vettel

So we can't wait to get out on track to see how the auto performs, how it behaves.

The 2017 Mercedes and Ferrari were notably different design concepts, but Ferrari made clear at its launch that this year it has moved towards the longer-wheelbase philosophy favoured by its key rival.

Ferrari's new SF71H Formula One vehicle already looks a big step up from last year's before it has turned a wheel in anger, four times world champion Sebastian Vettel said at Thursday's unveiling.

"We hope we have kept the good character traits of the diva", he said.

Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were both in attendance at Ferrari's Maranello base as the design was revealed - complete new halo cockpit protection technology.

"We can't wait to get out on the track to see how the vehicle performs and behaves". For sure there has been a lot of effort on the new auto and the attention to detail is impressive.

"Every little detail matters, every part can make a difference and I think this year's vehicle is a big step from last year's", declared Vettel, who won his four titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013. So I believe that those will help us.

And Hamilton, whose Mercedes team also broke cover with their new vehicle at Silverstone on Thursday, admitted he could not rule out the prospect of further fireworks this season.

For the fourth consecutive year 38-year-old Raikkonen and four-time world champion Vettel, 30, will spearhead the Scuderia's campaign.

The 2018 car's predecessor, the SF70H, was Ferrari's most competitive F1 offering in years, helping Vettel to five race wins.

"You have to expect that the tension (between us) could be worse", Hamilton said. I just drive faster.


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