… no, not really. It’s a Ferrari, and it looks like one. Have some big lovely high-res pictures, anyway:
The main point of interest, of course, is the big Italian flag that takes up the rear wing, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification (a fact that also gives its name to the car, the F150). It’s an interesting feature – although I can’t help but think it may end up looking more Irish in certain light, given the orange-red Ferrari currently employ; and I have to say I’d have preferred an Italian flag motif to be worked into a more stylised, racing-livery context – perhaps with a more ’70s style engine cover.
As it is, while the new Scuderia logo is undoubtedly an improvement on the Marlboro one, on the car itself it really doesn’t work in that configuration. I can imagine the rectangular version looks good on trucks and suchlike, but on the car itself I think it’d look immeasurably better if the top left corner were chopped out, the “swoop” moved up and left to be in line with the shape of the car, and the prancing horse shield moved to the right. But hey-ho.
One more point to note is that sponsors Etihad are now completely absent from the car. Their three-year deal, signed in 2008, ended at the close of last season, and evidently it’s not been renewed. Are they pulling out of the sport altogether, or can we expect to see them show up on another car? Perhaps they might be the new title sponsor for a team currently missing one? Or will they just be concentrating on their sponsorship of the Abu Dhabi GP from now on?
Oh, and one last thing: are all the teams’ tyres going to have the Pirelli logo straight-on in that way? Weeeeeird…