Ferrari have become the latest team to launch their 2013 car, with the covers coming off the F138 in Maranello today.
The car which they hope will bring them their first Drivers Championship since 2007 continued the trend of cars having a ‘vanity panel’ to cover the stepped nose so prominent in 2012. It also contains a much tighter rear of the car with the exhaust system prominent on last years car towards the end of the season making a return. Much of the car’s aero development was undertaken at the former Toyota team’s Cologne wind tunnel while Ferrari’s goes under a major overhaul.
The car will once again carry the title ambitions of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, with Alonso looking at finally claiming his first World Championship for the team he has grown so passionate for.
“There will be three teams who win all the races and we have to be one of those,” he said at the launch. “With things a bit more stabilised [in the regulations], we saw at the end of the  season the top teams emerge and so I think it will be highly unlikely we will have seven races and seven winners [at the start of the season].”
Team principal Stefano Domenicali commented on the appearance of the F138, which many people are already calling one of the most ‘beautiful’ Ferrari F1 cars ever designed.
“It is more beautiful,” he said at the launch in reference to comparisons with last years ‘ugly’ F2012.
Domenicali also spoke out about the slow starts that have hampered the team over the last few years, and hopes that 2013 will be different for the Italian team.
“Unfortunately in recent years we have at the beginning of the winter … not been able to be right on top of what we are doing,” he said. “We have already forgotten those things which left us with regret last year and we have started improving on the positive aspects of 2012, such as reliability and strategy during the races.”
Felipe Massa will be the first to get behind the wheel of the car he hopes to turn his recent bad fortunes around at the Jerez test kicking off next week. He will be joined by new test driver Pedro de la Rosa, as Fernando Alonso skips the first test session of 2013.
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