Piloted by Scuderia Ferrari’s youngest driver line-up since 1968, the SF21 is Ferrari’s competitor for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.
In the hands of Monegasque racer Charles Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who between them averaged just 25 years and 3 days old at the first race of the season, the SF21 has already earned a similar number of the points to the team’s tally for 2020.
The 67th single seater to originate from Maranello, the SF21 is a direct evolution of the previous year’s SF1000 chassis, as dictated by the new regulations after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted teams to agree to a series of cost-reducing measures in 2020, including a postponement of the new regulations until 2022 and a majority freeze of the current rules, thus limiting the opportunities for change in many areas.
Teams were permitted to use two development tokens for major upgrades, which Ferrari chose to focus at the tail end of the car, developing a new gearbox and rear suspension system. This, in addition to the unrestricted development on engines over the winter, has led to a much tighter rear end over the previous SF1000.
The engineers were able to completely reinvent the layout of the SF21’s 065/6 1600cc V6 power unit, increasing its level of thermal efficiency and optimising the hybrid system and its electronics. Meanwhile, work outside aerodynamic development, could still progress, allowing the team to make some minor changes to the rest of the car.
Improvements were made to the cooling system, increasing the effectiveness of the central radiator, and the body was revised to create higher downwash. The SF21 also features a revised front wing and new concept nose, while the team also updated the car’s transmission.
The Ferrari SF21 Steering Wheel
The SF21’s livery has also been subtly updated, blending two shades of red for the 2021 car. At the rear is the burgundy red seen on the SF1000 at Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix, reminiscent of the burgundy red of the very first Ferrari, the 125 S. Further forward, it transforms into the modern Ferrari red that has adorned Ferraris in more recent years. Visually, the colours aim to point towards the challenges of the future, while not forgetting Ferrari’s unique roots and history.
After the Italian Grand Prix on the 12th of September, the SF21 had already earned three podiums (two for Sainz, one for Leclerc), and scored 201.5 points, surpassing the tally of the preceding SF1000 in 2020. The car also had secured two pole positions in the hands of Leclerc.
This fine 1:1 scale model of the Ferrari SF21 Steering Wheel, as used during the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Scuderia Ferrari regarding original CAD data, finishes and paint codes. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
- Limited to just 99 pieces
- Each model hand-built and assembled by a small team of craftsmen
- 1:1 scale replica, over 28 cms/11 inches wide
- Made using the finest quality materials
- Each steering wheel has working buttons, switches and paddles
- Complete accuracy in weight, look and feel
- Over 1200 hours to develop the model
- Over 120 hours to build each model
- Thousands of precisely engineered parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components
- Built using original CAD designs and paint codes supplied by Scuderia Ferrari
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