Ferrari technical director James Allison is optimistic the SF16-H represents a significant step over its race-winning SF15-T predecessor, but says he will withhold judgement until the car runs for the first time in pre-season testing.

Credited as one of the driving forces behind Ferrari's return to prominence in 2015, Allison has hinted at a number of innovations being adopted for the SF16-H in its efforts to take the fight to Mercedes, most notably a shorter nose and a tapered rear-end.

Indeed, Allison says Ferrari began work on the SF16-H early enough for it to have accumulated what he describes as '1000 man years' of development, which he hopes will see it hit the ground running come testing in Spain and the opening round in Australia.

"It's difficult to make predictions," he admitted. "Mercedes were strong last year and year before but we also know we have talented people here at Maranello. We have put a thousand man years of work into this car and we have done our absolute best to try and make this one step up, be a bold step forward to give it the competitiveness it needs to be a winning car.

"I hope we have done enough but we will only know for sure when we start racing it. I can tell you with absolute confidence that the love and care and effort and skill gone into this car is beyond question."

"I am very happy and extremely proud of all the people here at Maranello and I can't wait to take it racing. I'd love to show you all of the things that we've put into this."

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