After winning three Grands Prix last season en route to second in the constructors’ championship, Ferrari are banking on their new machine to close the gap to Mercedes in the hands of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
“Naturally our goals are growing,” said Vettel, who secured all of the Scuderia’s 2015 victories. “We all want more and hopefully this car will help us achieve it.”
On the Italian squad’s goals for 2016, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene commented: “Normally I don’t set the objective, it is my boss. Last year it was three victories and we got it.
“This year we need to push a bit more, so it is going to be the championship - at least we would like to fight until the end. It won’t be easy, our competitors won’t be sleeping, but for sure we are all committed to do our best.
"We don’t go to the races with a big statement, but we do with a big commitment. Humility is our driver, our passion, our commitment."
The SF16-H - the H referring to Hybrid - features a shortened nose, as well as more tapered rear packaging relative to its SF15-T predecessor thanks to Ferrari’s efforts to make their latest power unit more compact.
Describing the team's progress in recent seasons, technical chief James Allison stated: “Back in 2013 we were not at the right level - not enough power, downforce, kinematics. We have worked very hard on all those areas.
“Last year was a decent step forward, and we hope this car gives us another good step forward and makes us truly competitive. It isn’t down to one area: we have improved across the board. All our hopes are in this car.”