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Ferrari latest team to confirm 2011 launch date

Ferrari becomes the fifth team to officially announce the date that it will unveil its F1 2011 challenger to the watching world
Ferrari has become the latest F1 team to officially announce the date that it will present its 2011 contender to the world, with the Scuderia set to unveil its new challenger on 28 January at its Maranello headquarters in Italy.

Ferrari had previously disclosed only that the F10's successor – and the car that the Prancing Horse hopes will enable it to gallop to title success for the first time since 2008 – would be presented in the final week of January ahead of the opening group test in Valencia, Spain, but now an actual date has been released.

The news was confirmed by team principal Stefano Domenicali during Ferrari's traditional joint pre-season 'Wrooom' media event with MotoGP outfit Ducati at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Italian Dolomites this week.

The launch date will enable the team to conduct 100km of promotional filming around their own Fiorano test track to show off the car's new livery and logo prior to heading to Valencia, where Fernando Alonso will take to the wheel for the first two days and team-mate Felipe Massa will drive on the third.

“The car we see at the launch won't be the one we'll see at the first race in Bahrain,” Domenicali assured. “We'll see different things.”

Confirmed F1 2011 Launch Dates:

January 28 Ferrari Maranello, Italy
January 31 Renault Valencia, Spain
January 31 Sauber Valencia, Spain
February 1 Scuderia Toro Rosso Valencia, Spain
February 4 McLaren-Mercedes Berlin, Germany



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Alan D - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 6:01 PM

I think the point of the launch date is that it unveils the official livery and is organised as a jolly day out for the sponsors and an opportunity to butter up the press with wine and salmon sandwiches.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 13, 2011 1:38 PM

It needs so many people to start the car these days that I'd be surprised if they run the engines. On the YouTube videos I've seen of these things they just have a car on a podium with a big silk cloth draped over it so that they can "unveil" it. Given that they go to such lengths at the start of the season to do things like hide the rear end from the competition, I expect they just put a minimal shell up there while all those press people are wandering around with cameras. Here is a video of them hiding the rear end when Massa pits in 2010 testing: youtube.com/watch?v=zolbKaqbeJE Last year the Ferrari at launch had a wonderful sleek lines youtube.com/watch?v=QwLSl0hxr3s but when it appeared in Bahrain it had grown a shark fin. youtube.com/watch?v=xENAyTriufs



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