Ferrari’s competitor for the new era of 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, the F1-75 is Maranello’s spearhead for their mission to propel themselves back into title contention. In the hands of Monegasque racer Charles Leclerc and Spaniard Carlos Sainz, in their fourth and second seasons respectively with the team, the F1-75 will be looking to continue the Scuderia’s progress in the Constructors’ Championship during Formula 1’s longest ever season.
To build the self-labelled ‘brave’ Ferrari, the engineers at Maranello required an open mind to innovate and comply with the new 2022 technical regulations. This is demonstrated most clearly in the car’s dark red bodywork, where the rules allowed the most flexibility, with Ferrari launching the car with uniquely aggressive sidepods. There has been much work on the hybrid power unit during the 2021 season and 2022 pre-season, with a view to create a system with the utmost efficiency in the energy transformation process. Every single part of the engine has been reviewed, then replaced or optimised. The power unit’s packaging is now completely different, especially in terms of the cooling. The return of ground effect cars naturally means a lot of the changes are underneath the car, and the simplified aerodynamics on the top side of the car are quite clear.
The name of the F1-75 is a celebration of 75 years of Ferrari road cars. Though the Ferrari name precedes Formula 1 with its humble pre-war beginnings as the racing division of Alfa Romeo in the hands of Enzo Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari’s first creation, the 125 S, was built in 1947. The F1-75 is a celebration of the sport’s longest-serving and most successful team. It has been designed to win, and ultimately there is no better way to honour Ferrari’s tradition.
This fine 1:8 scale model is of the Ferrari F1-75 as raced by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 11th of September 2022. After qualifying on pole position in front of a euphoric Tifosi, Leclerc was aiming to be only the sixth Ferrari driver to win twice at Monza. The Monegasque racer started well, holding off the Mercedes of George Russell, before pitting early to take advantage of a Virtual Safety Car period caused by Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel. A second pit stop on lap 33 gave Leclerc a tyre advantage over race leader Max Verstappen, but always a difficult 20-second deficit to claw back in as many laps. As Leclerc’s challenge began to falter, a late safety car on lap 48 gave a glimmer of hope to the Tifosi, but the stricken McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo seemed immovable to the marshals and the race finished behind the safety car. Teammate Carlos Sainz qualified third but started in 19th place for exceeding his quota of power unit elements. Sainz was very quick during his first long stint on medium tyres, getting as high as third position, before dropping back into fourth after his pit stop. The Spaniard was ready to chase down Russell in third before the late safety car ended his chances of a podium.
Ferrari adorned the F1-75 with a special “yellow touched” livery at Monza, celebrating 75 years of the iconic Italian car company, whilst the team and drivers were fully dressed in Giallo Modena team apparel. The car featured several touches of yellow on the front wing, around the halo, on the engine cover and the rear wing. Though red has always been the racing colour of Italy, giallo (yellow) has always been a colour close to Ferrari’s core as one of the colours of Modena, and it was chosen by Enzo himself to feature on the company’s coat of arms when the marque was first established.
The Ferrari F1-75 is limited to 99 pieces per driver.
This model is a part of the 2022 Ferrari F1-75 Collection.