Ferrari's technical triumvirate has admitted that, despite the car being unveiled and given its first track outing on Monday [12 January], there is still a lot to do before they would consider it ready for action at the opening round of the 2009 season in Melbourne.
Speaking after Felipe Massa had given the F60 a brief shakedown at Mugello, Gilles Simon, Nikolas Tombazis and Aldo Costa conceded that the radical overhaul of the F1 rulebook for the coming season had left them with numerous angles to consider both in the design and development of the machine.
"Last year, we were fighting for the championship until the last race and concentrated a lot on the car's development," Costa explained, "Today we presented a complete car, which refers also to the level of the engine speed, and fitted with KERS.
"Although we had very short time, I want to congratulate everybody - Gilles, Nikolas and everybody at Maranello. We managed to be the first to have a crash test and we already have several homologated chassis."
Having the longest of any team between launch and first race, Costa confirmed that the Scuderia would continue to develop all areas of the F60, despite sweeping changes to the sport restricting how much teams could spend and how many people they could throw at the task.
"We tried as much as possible to cover the time gap between the developments which have been done on the car at the end of last year," Costa continued, "The development programme will continue with the five tests we've planned at Portimao, Bahrain, again Bahrain, then Jerez and Barcelona. We can have eight aerodynamic tests this year, which means eight days where we can test as far as this issue is concerned."
Tombazis confirmed that work would continue on the new car right up until Melbourne, although the speed at which changes could be made may be limited by expected staff cuts - a problem facing all ten teams.
"The F60 will be very much overhauled for the first GP," he noted, "The rules have been changed recently, so we have to rethink our working methods and the programmes, but this has to be done gradually, without rushing things. We have to evolve the team's structure. Also because this year will be dominated by the team which will be able to develop the fastest, we want to resolve all the issues as far as the mechanics and the reliability are concerned [before the season starts].
"Obviously the KERS' 'nuisance' is remarkable - we're talking about more than 30kg of weight - but we've done a lot of developmental work to insert the system and compensate for it.