Ferrari set for late January launch of 2014 F1 challenger

Formula One World Championship

Ferrari is on schedule to have its 2014 Formula 1 car ready for the start of winter testing, with Kimi Raikkonen set for the first taste of the new red challenger.

Reports in the Marca sports newspaper (Spain) and the authoritative Autosprint (Italy) say that the Maranello-built single seater is set to be launched some time around in late January, a few days ahead of the opening test at Jerez.

Marca correspondent Marco Canseco said that the car, the official name of which will be decided by fans via an internet poll, will “almost certainly” undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests this week at the CSI technical facility in Bollate, Italy.

He added that Ferrari has already been testing the all-new 2014 electrical and energy recovery systems in a 2011 chassis, although the turbo V6 engine will not be run at an actual circuit until Jerez late this month.

But Alessandro Stefanini, the Autosprint correspondent, said the 2014 package will be run over a couple of “filming days” prior to its official debut.

He said the most likely car launch date is between 23 and 25 January, with Friday less likely for Enzo Ferrari-linked “superstitious” reasons.

Giorgio Piola, the well-known Formula 1 technical illustrator, believes that Ferrari has decided to revert to a more conventional pushrod layout for its front suspension system this year, after the innovative ‘pullrod’ cars of 2012 and 2013, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. (GMM)

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