Legendary Italian F1 team reveal the look of their new car for the 2014 season
F14 T name chosen by fans in a poll on Ferrari website
McLaren F1 team unveiled the car they hope will improve their fortunes on Friday
First it was McLaren, now it’s the turn of Ferrari to unveil the car they hope will speed them to victory in the forthcoming Formula One season.
The sport’s oldest team, based in Maranello, Italy unveiled their new F14 T car on their website on Saturday.
A raft of technical changes introduced for the 2014 season sees teams racing with, to the untrained eye at least, similar looking cars but vastly-changed setups – most notably using smaller 1.6-liter V6 Turbo engines compared to the 2.4-liter V8 engines used last year.
Other significant alterations this year include reconfigured rear wings, the introduction of a new Energy Recovery System and a limit of 100 kilos of fuel per race. Eagle-eyed observers will also note that the nose cone has been lowered and narrowed.
Along with Ferrari’s new car comes a new driver – the quietly charismatic Kimi Raikkonen replaces Brazil’s Felipe Massa – and new hope that the Finn and Spain’s Fernando Alonso can return the team to championship-winning ways.
“We both want to win and time will tell what will happen and if we can bring the championship back to Ferrari,” Raikkonen told the Ferrari F1 website.
“We are more than capable, both of us, to be up there and fight for championships.”
Raikkonen won the drivers championship in 2007 with Ferrari, the same year they won their last constructor’s championship.
This year’s car is the 60th built by Ferrari for the F1 world championship with the F14 T name being chosen by fans via a poll on the Ferrari F1 team’s website.
“It’s nice to know the name of the car has been chosen by our fans,” team principal Stefano Domenicali said.
“The amazing number of votes shows just how popular Ferrari has always been and this will be, as always, a further impetus for us to do well this year!”
Twenty-four hours earlier it was McLaren who were unveiling their new car which they hope can wipe away the memory of a dismal 2013 season.
The Surrey-based team finished a lowly fifth, 193 points behind fourth place Lotus, with neither Jenson Button nor former teammate Sergio Perez managing a podium finish in 19 races.
The MP4-29 is a “sensible and calculated response to the new regulations,” McLaren said.
Jonathan Neale, managing director of McLaren Racing said in a statement: “We’ve never had such significant new regulations before; reacting to them, and managing those changes, while still pushing the performance limits, has been an extremely tough job.
“We’ve been relatively pragmatic about it. We know that the need for consistency initially outweighs the need for performance – the winter tests won’t be about chasing set-up or refining the car; the envelope of performance is likely to be so wide, and so relatively unknown, that the winter – and to some extent the opening races – will be about understanding the operational boundaries of the car as best we can.”
Jenson Button, who will be partnered by Dane Kevin Magnussen this season, is looking forward to getting behind the wheel.
“I’m very keen to learn all about the new formula and our new car, and I want us to be in a position where we head to the opening flyaways feeling comfortable with our package, yet still ready to absorb and learn more as we go,” Button said in a statement.
Testing for the new season, which starts in Melbourne on March 16, begins at the end of January in Jerez, Spain.