The new Formula 1 season is just a few months away and the teams are beginning to choose their driving teams and unveil the new technology that they hope will win them the prestigious competition.
Ferrari, one of the most famous names in motorsport, have not won the F1 title since 2007, but hopes are high among both the team bosses and drivers that the new car which they revealed to the world’s press this week will help to turn around their fortunes.
Admitting that the F2012 is not the most attractive of Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars, team boss Stefano Domenicali was nevertheless hopeful that fans would appreciate the technical changes that have been made, to adhere to new regulations and to give Fernando Alonso the best chance of winning the title.
The most obvious difference from last year’s car is the addition of a small step on the chassis which was included to help the F2012 meet new safety regulations which call for the nose cone units to be lowered.
Ferrari are not only hoping to win their first F1 championship for five years, but first and foremost to improve on a woeful performance in 2011 when Alonso won just one Grand Prix. As well as unveiling their new car, the team also revealed that they have made changes behind the scene, with former technical director Aldo Costa being replaced by Pat Fry.
Domenicali paid tribute to the driving ability of his lead driver, Alonso, thanking him for his decision to extend his contract with the Italian giants until 2016 and pledging that the team would do all in its power to back his bid for the 2012 F1 title.