Ferrari has defended the conservative approach it has taken to the new F150 after rival F1 teams revealed a series of radical cars for the year ahead.

While the likes of Renault with its new exhaust and McLaren with its L-shaped sidepods having gone for more extreme designs, Ferrari has elected to take a more conservative approach with the car it hopes will be good enough to secure the championship title.

Speaking to the French newspaper L'Equipe, technical director Aldo Costa insisted that the approach taken is the correct one for the team with a balanced approach to design being the best way forwards.

"I think the fastest car will be the one with the best performance balance between aerodynamics, the mechanical side and reliability," he said. "If you attempt something extreme in one area, you might pay in another, so for a car that wins you need a balanced approach."

Costa added that the car will feature a number of changes at Jerez this week for the second group test of the year, although there will be aerodynamic changes made before the season-opener in Bahrain.

"Mechanically, the car will be almost complete at Jerez, but from an aerodynamic standpoint, there are still a lot of changes coming," he said. "More than an extreme approach, we are seeking a productive approach and ultimately it will be the laptimes that will make the verdict."

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