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Ferrari launches 2018 F1 auto

Ferrari launches 2018 F1 auto

The halo-fitted new auto was shown off at Ferrari's Maranello base on Thursday, four days before the start of F1's pre-season testing at Barcelona.

Ferrari has unveiled its 2018 Formula 1 challenger, the SF71-H, as it bids to end its decade-long championship drought. Therefore the new 2018 Ferrari F1 auto has been created to make the most of the experience gained past year.

A big Silverstone shakedown for 2018's big F1 vehicle: the one everyone has to beat.

Ferrari's new SF71H model F1 auto to be used in 2018.

Vettel is entering his fourth year with Ferrari, having renewed his contract through 2020, and he will again partner Kimi Raikkonen, once more on a one-year deal.

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.

"We can't wait to get out on to the track to see how the auto performs, how it behaves, " Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said.

The Ferrari drivers' approach to the halo was in stark contrast to that of Tito Wolff, the team boss of bitter rivals and defending world champions Mercedes who earlier in the day said he couldn't stand the sight of the controversial head protection device.

Vettel led the F1 drivers' standings until round 13 at the Italian Grand Prix previous year but his and Ferrari's title challenge fell apart during the Asian flyaway races due to a combination of driver error and mechanical breakdowns.

"We tried [the halo] previous year a few times and it's not a big difference. I think that's the answer we all want to get so we go from there".

The team is hoping for a recovery following its tough campaign against defenders Mercedes that saw the Italian organization lose its championship hold midway through last season. "The most visible change is aerodynamic and how tight the packaging is of the vehicle and how closed up the bodywork is".

The season opens on March 25 at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

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