Happy Valentine’s Day from Ferrari! Their gift will be the SF-23

Jamie Woodhouse
Ferrari's SF-23

Ferrari's SF-23

Ferrari will give Formula 1 fans the perfect Valentine’s Day gift as they take the covers off their eagerly-anticipated SF-23 challenger.

F1 2023 launch season is now very much in full swing, with February 13 having brought us the first double-launch day of the year as McLaren and Aston Martin took the covers off the MCL60 and AMR23 respectively.

Both of those teams have their sights set on challenging at the front of the Formula 1 grid in the near future, but a team expected to be there already in 2023 are Ferrari, armed with an SF-23 that is tipped to be a clear upgrade on 2022’s F1-75.

Just how much faster could the SF-23 be? Well, a figure of up to one second has been mentioned, while it has also been claimed that a more reliable Ferrari power unit will give the team more horses to call upon for the season ahead.

All of that will be determined though once the SF-23 hits the track. Before that happens, the Scuderia need to unveil this challenger which is generating so much talk to the world.

The scene is set then, and Ferrari will take the covers off the SF-23 at their Maranello base, the event beginning at 11:25 local time, which is 10:25 in the UK.

If you are planning on tuning in from the United States, then this one will be a late night, or early morning show for you, depending on which way you look at it. 05:25 Eastern Time and 02:25 Pacific Time is when the SF-23 will be unveiled.

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2023 will be a crucial season for Ferrari as they look to put right the wrongs of a disappointing 2022 campaign.

It all started so well as Charles Leclerc took two wins from the opening three races, the F1-75 starting out life very much as a match for its main rival, the Red Bull RB18.

But, a combination of team and driver errors, plus reliability issues saw vital points slip through Ferrari’s fingers, with Red Bull overturning the deficit and ultimately pulling clear as the RB18 became the fastest package on the grid.

And now with a new team boss at the helm in the form of Fred Vasseur, Ferrari will be hoping that 2023 will be the year where their baron spell ends, having not tasted title glory since 2008.