Ferrari may have built the most beautiful Formula 1 car of all time

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Guys, it’s with a heavy heart that I have to admit that Scuderia Ferrari have built a real banger of a car for 2022. It’s pretty easy to dislike F1’s oldest team, because they continue to make stupid mistakes and haven’t really been title contenders for several years, while pushing their riders to be ever more aggressive. Things seem to have changed in recent years, however, as Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc’s current lineup of riders is one of the most highly regarded, and while they’ve had a slight dip in 2021, they should be back towards the sharp end of the network in 2022.

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As delivered to the world on Thursday, the 2022 Ferrari F1-75 team contender is among the finest F1 cars of all time, certainly the last twenty years. It’s an aggressive departure from what other teams have shown so far, and shows some design elements that will hopefully translate into speed. The Scuderia has been working on this car since 2020, and dedicated the bulk of its engineering efforts in 2021 to the development of this next-gen racer.

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I’m not an engineer and I don’t really understand how air moves or how it makes a race car better or worse than another race car. For that kind of idea, check out Sam Collins’ Twitter feed about the new car. It’s good.

As for me, I’m good at looking at cars and saying “whoa, that’s pretty!” This one absolutely blew me away when I saw it, and I hope it continues to be a looker as the season continues and minor changes are made to the design of the car . I like the aggressively thin and delicate nose cone, the double struts for the rear fender and the simple black/red livery. The best feature, however, is the deeply swept side bowl. My associate here at Jalopnik dot com, one Adam Ismail, said “Sidepod looks like an ear but like, in a good way” and he’s right. In the right direction.

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It’s likely the car will receive some minor updates ahead of the first race in Bahrain next month, but that’s about as close to reality as we’ve seen from car launches this month. I’m very glad Ferrari didn’t choose to put their livery on an FIA show car, like those cowards at Red Bull did. From what we’ve seen of the cars that have been shown so far, it seems like all the teams are finding different strategies to achieve the same effect, and I think that’s extremely cool.

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It’s entirely possible that one or more teams got their 2022 car wrong, and the order of the grid will vary wildly from last season. For example, if Red Bull has spent too much time developing its 2021 car to help propel Max to an (asterisk) World Championship, so maybe they haven’t spent enough time developing this year’s car, and will be down for Bahrain, same as Mercedes. The teams that gave up everything in 2020 to start building for the next regulations, namely Ferrari, Haas, and Williams, among others, could be much better placed this year than last year.

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Ferrari have been working hard to get their engine back to the pace they had in 2019, but hopefully legally this time around, and it looks like part of that effort has paid off. Given that the car will continue to use the same transmission as last season, that’s fine. Let’s hope this gorgeous chassis has the ass to cash those checks. I’m ready for the start of the season, so let’s go.

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