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Ferrari confirms launch date.

Ferrari appears set to win the first major 'race' of the year by getting its definitive 2009 contender on track ahead of its rivals.

While the likes of BMW, McLaren and Williams have all run with important pieces of their 2009 jigsaw fitted to interim chassis, the Scuderia has revealed that it will take the wraps off its new car on Monday [12 January], with its first laps to follow shortly after the unveiling.

As yet unnamed, but expected to follow recent convention that saw the F2007 and F2008 hit the track in the last two seasons, the car will be revealed at Ferrari's Maranello factory, before 2008 championship runner-up Felipe Massa takes to the track at nearby Fiorano later in the day.

Although the car will be the first to appear in line with the heavily-revised 2009 rulebook, it is not expected to contain a full raft of developments. Aero and mechanical development will continue right up to the opening round in Melbourne in late March.

While some teams have yet to confirm when their cars will be unveiled, Ferrari nemesis McLaren is due to launch Lewis Hamilton's title defence at its Woking base on 16 January, with Fernando Alonso's new Renault expected to follow later in the month.


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Ferrari will be the first team to unveil its 2008 challenger at Maranello on Sunday 6 January   [pic credit: Ferrari media]
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Luigi Fraboni Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Trackside Operations
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
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26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, 3rd place Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Luigi Fraboni Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Trackside Operations
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Luigi Fraboni Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Trackside Operations
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Luigi Fraboni Scuderia Ferrari Head of Engine Trackside Operations
26.03.2017 - Race, 2nd place Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
26.03.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB13 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
26.03.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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26.03.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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Steel Wheels - Unregistered

January 06, 2009 8:50 AM

Is it just me or is everyone else very excited to see the new cars? Over the years they have become so similar, almost generic. I''m so exciting to see how each team has interpreted the new rules. Potentially every team on the grid could have a radically different approach, well I hope so anyway.



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