Ferrari to launch 2012 car before first test

Dec.16 (Reuters) Ferrari will launch their 2012 Formula One car in time for the first pre-season test in February, a team spokesman revealed.

No date was fixed but the first test is scheduled for Spain’s Jerez circuit on Feb. 7-9.

Rivals Mercedes have already said they will not have their new car on track until the second test in Barcelona on Feb. 21 to give themselves as much time as possible for design and development.

Under new rules this year, cars can take part in testing only once they have passed mandatory FIA (International Automobile Federation) crash tests.

That means teams have to decide between maximising development in the factory and missing out on track time, or getting in more testing but signing off earlier on the design process.

Ferrari won only one race this year, with Fernando Alonso in Britain, and finished third overall.

  • Twiinz

    The addition of Rory B back to the Scuderia should pay dividends in 2012. His skills along with Pat Fry should fix some of their woes. I have a suspicion that Flavio will be hired in the coming year as well. Although he is a controversial figure, he is very good at running a team. (And now for the hater posts….) :)

  • Shibby Forza Ferrari

    Twiinz you are a twat, Enzo turned himself in his grave because of the 2008 scandal that cost his beloved Scuderia the title. But yeah Flavio is also a twat, so I won’t question why you like the m*thrfckr so much