As the first 2011 Formula 1 car to break cover, the Ferrari F150 was the subject of much attention today, from rival teams as much as race fans around the world. Everyone wants to see what the opposition has done.Read the full news by Jonathan Noble from Autosport below.
FERRARI UNVEILS THE F150 AT MARANELLO
Ferrari became the first team to unveil its 2011 car when it pulled the covers off its new F150 at Maranello on Friday.
With the Italian outfit eager to make up for the final-race heartbreak that cost it the world title in Abu Dhabi last year, the team’s designers have delivered an aggressive design.
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is well aware that the team lost vital ground in the early stages of last year, so he is keen for the F150 to be competitive from the off.
Speaking to the media earlier this month, he said: “For 2011 our goals are very clear, that we are aiming to win both the titles, constructors’ and drivers’ titles, this must be the goal of our team.
“And so the expectations, that of being able to have a car competitive from the start, a reliable car, a strong car, and I have to say that we’ve seen this last year.
“If you’re not perfect within such a competitive environment, with opponents that are so strong with teams, which also varied numerically, then it becomes difficult to win.”
Although there is early morning fog in Maranello, the team hopes the weather clears to give Fernando Alonso the first chance to try the car at its Fiorano test track on Friday afternoon for some promotional filming.
Felipe Massa is due to shake down the car further on Saturday, before its first proper test at Valencia next Tuesday.