Ferrari Unveil F150
Ferrari are the first team to launch their 2011 car ahead of the first pre-season test, which is set to get underway in Valencia on Tuesday morning. The F150 looks similar to its predecessor, but it does have a slightly wider mid-section to accommodate its KERS unit. Although, technical director Aldo Costa said the ban on double diffusers had required a completely new approach. "Due to the new rules the car should be a proper cut compared to the previous one, with new concepts and lines of development. As far as the looks are concerned the rules keep them quite unaltered. The cars look like the ones from last year, but from a technical point of view they will be really different." Asked about the biggest challenge faced in the F150's development, Costa replied "starting from scratch with the car's rear, because the double diffuser and the F-duct are gone and there have been some clarifications regarding the car's underbody: these were the main challenges and why we had to start from scratch rethinking the whole project." Costa continued, adding that the upper-body aerodynamics would be completely reworked over the course of testing, meaning the car will be quite different by the time the team head for the first race of the season in Bahrain. "The car's evolution has been planned with two big stages: one during the winter tests, where we will mainly develop the area of the mechanics, which means that the car's structure, the chassis, the gearbox and the suspension will remain the same for the first couple of races," Costa said. "The aerodynamics is simplified and temporary for the first tests, waiting for the real aerodynamic development for the first race." Team principal Stefano Domenicali added that Ferrari's objective this year was clear: "Our goal is to win the championships, we know that it's not easy but that is what we are trying to achieve." Speaking about their competitors, Domenicali added: "I think that there are many very, very good teams, so I would not underestimate any of them. I think Red Bull and I think McLaren, but there are many other good teams that will emerge during the year. On the drivers' side, there are all the world champion drivers and the new talents that are coming up, so it will be a tough season, we know that." The new car is expected to be in action this afternoon on the team's private Fiorano test track for promotional filming.