"Track testing is not available to us, something many would like to see reintroduced, so we have concentrated more on simulation tools," he explained. "Bringing an experienced driver like [former HRT driver Pedro] de la Rosa to Maranello is part of this strategy and attention to detail."
Sounding a note of caution, the team's technical director Pat Fry admitted that "We cannot hide the fact that, aerodynamically, the launch car is a long way behind where we are in the wind tunnel today. We will have a better idea of what our true performance level is come the third test but I'm not going to be happy until we are clearly quickest," he added.
The team already have aerodynamic upgrades being worked on that should be fitted in time for the third pre-season test session, before all the equipment is packed up and airfreighted to Australia for the first Grand Prix in March.
"You will see quite a lot of changes coming after the launch car: we will have some new parts for the second test and then another big upgrade for the third and final one, so lots of changes coming through," revealed Fry, who admitted that the continued focus on the 2012 championship campaign had delayed the start of work on the F138 more than he would have liked.
"The biggest challenge was the aerodynamic side of things, as we started maybe three months later than is normal," he said. "We have quite a lot of catching up to do." To help with this work, a reorganisation of team responsibilities for 2013 has put an added focus on aerodynamic performance.
"We have taken on a Head of Aerodynamics and some additional people to improve our methodology on the aero side," contributed chief designer Nikolas Tombazis. "In turn, my role has evolved to oversee these activities, while freeing up time for me to spend on specific aerodynamic issues and on adopting a more creative approach."
Tombazis added that in recent years, "F1 has become ever more sophisticated so one person can no longer do every single thing," emphasising that as far as Ferrari is concerned it's the entire team that will be tested to extremes over the coming months, and which will have to be up to the task ahead.