Ferrari SF16-H

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Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel 2016 Malaysia FP2 1.jpg
The Ferrari SF16-H, driven by Sebastian Vettel, during the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)James Allison (Technical Director)
Simone Resta (Chief Designer)
Fabio Montecchi (Deputy Chief Designer)
Tiziano Battistini (Head of Chassis Design)
Andrea De Zordo (Vehicle Development Manager)
Nick Collett (Head of R&D)
Giacomo Tortora (Chief Vehicle Dynamicist)
Loïc Bigois (Head of Aerodynamics)
Dirk de Beer (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorFerrari SF15-T
SuccessorFerrari SF70H
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)Push-rod
Suspension (rear)Pull-rod
EngineFerrari 061 1.6 L (98 cu in) direct injection V6 turbocharged engine, 900 hp limited to 15,000 rpm in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
Electric motorKinetic and thermal energy recovery systems
TransmissionFerrari sequential shift gearbox with 8 forward gears, 1 reverse gear
Weight702 kg (1,548 lb)
FuelShell V-Power
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari
Notable drivers5. Germany Sebastian Vettel
7. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Debut2016 Australian Grand Prix

The Ferrari SF16-H is a Formula One racing car[1] designed and built by Ferrari to compete in the 2016 Formula One season, during which it was driven by four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel and 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen.


The SF16-H was launched on 19 February 2016.[2] The "H" in the name of the car stands for "Hybrid".[1] The chassis was designed by James Allison, Simone Resta and Dirk de Beer with Mattia Binotto leading the powertrain design. Ferrari were quick to adapt to new rules surrounding a single paddle clutch, noted as one of the few teams to make a significant adjustment to their steering wheel.[3]

The SF16-H had a predominantly red and white livery, similar to that used on the Ferrari 312T and F93A. Despite a ban on tobacco advertising, Marlboro were still a key sponsor for the team alongside long term partners Santander and Shell.[4]

In accordance with his habit of giving his cars female nicknames, Vettel dubbed his SF16-H "Margherita", in reference to Margherita of Savoy, the Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy from 1878–1900.[5]

Season summary[edit]

The season started positively for Vettel who secured third place and a podium in Australia, whilst Räikkönen was forced to retire due to a damaged turbo that caused a fire.[6] In Bahrain, the drivers luck swapped and Vettel retired on the formation lap, whilst Räikkönen managed to secure second place.[7] Across the first five races of the season, at least one of the SF16-H drivers finished on the podium. In Monaco, Räikkönen retired after an accident in challenging weather conditions. He briefly continued driving, but the damage was too great. He later escaped penalty for continuing to drive with a severely damaged car.[8]

In season developments came, including a fix for the fragile turbocharger ahead of the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix.[9] However, a failure at Silverstone saw the rules change to increase the depth of the turbocharger casing, and as a result an additional 2kg was added to the SF16-H weight.[10] As the season continued, both Vettel and Räikkönen scored points regularly, with a handful of retirements. Vettel finished the season on a high, delivering the cars first podium in Abu Dhabi since Monza, 7 races earlier.[11]

The SF16-H took the team to third place in the Constructors Championship standings, with a total points score of 398. Overall the car scored eleven podiums and four fastest laps, but failed to win a Grand Prix or secure pole position at any round of the season.[12]

Halo Device[edit]

Sebastian Vettel testing the new Halo device at the 2016 British Grand Prix

In early 2015, a meeting of the FIA to discuss forthcoming rules for Formula One had included increased cockpit protection from the 2017 season. This came following a number of incidents which severely injured or cost the lives of racing drivers including Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson. Various options were considered, including the Halo device which would ultimately be pursued.[13][14][15] At the 2016 British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel tested the Halo device on the SF16-H during free practice.[16][17]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
2016 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 061 P Sebastian Vettel 3 DNS 2 Ret 3 4 2 2 Ret 9 4 5 6 3 5 Ret 4 4 5 5 3 398 3rd
Kimi Räikkönen Ret 2 5 3 2 Ret 6 4 3 5 6 6 9 4 4 4 5 Ret 6 Ret 6


  1. ^ a b "Ferrari present the SF16-H – in red and white". Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  2. ^ "Ferrari target beating Mercedes after launching new car, the SF16-H". Sky Sports. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  3. ^ "F1 2016 review: More disappointment, more changes for Ferrari". Motorsport. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Ferrari renews Marlboro partnership". Paddock Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Ferrari 'confident' of taking fight to Mercedes". Formula One World Championship Limited. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. ^ "RAIKKONEN ENGINE SURVIVED MELBOURNE FIRE". Grand Prix 247. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Vettel retires on Bahrain formation lap". Formula One. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Kimi Raikkonen escapes penalty for Monaco GP crash incident". Autosport. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Ferrari to race new turbo in Canada – report". Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Ferrari SF16-H". F1 Technical. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Ferrari SF16-H". StatsF1. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  12. ^ "2016 F1 statistics". Race Fans. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  13. ^ "F1 - WHY HALO IS THE BEST SOLUTION". FIA. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  14. ^ "F1 COCKPIT SAFETY". Racecar Engineering. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  15. ^ "It's Official: 'Closed Cockpits' In Formula 1 Are Happening". Car Throttle. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  16. ^ "Sebastian Vettel: Ignore F1 halo's aesthetics, it will save lives". Autosport. Retrieved 14 July 2022.
  17. ^ "F1 halo: Sebastian Vettel raises visibility concerns after Silverstone run". Autosport. Retrieved 14 July 2022.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ferrari SF16-H at Wikimedia Commons