Ferrari are on track to have their 2014 car ready for the start of pre-season testing, according to media reports.
Both Spain’s Marca newspaper and Italy’s Autosprint claim the next creation to roll out of Maranello will likely be launched between the 23rd-25th January in time for the opening test in Jerez.
Correspondent for the Spanish daily Marco Canseco adds the new car, of which the name will be chosen by an online fan poll, will undergo it’s obligatory FIA crash test in Italy this week.
Though testing of the new V6 turbo engine is not permitted in an F1 car until the opening pre-season test, it is understood Ferrari have been testing the new ERS unit, which develops 181bhp for around 33 seconds per lap, in a 2011 chassis on a test track.
The Italian media report added Ferrari’s 2014 chassis will complete two ‘filming days’ at a circuit prior to it’s launch at Maranello.
Correspondent Alessandro Stefanini added that launch would be likely on the 23rd or 25th due to the superstitions of company founder Enzo Ferrari.
One aspect of the 2014 car likely to be different than it’s previous two successors is a move back to a more conventional push-rod front suspension, according to Auto Sport und Motor the well known F1 illustrator Giorgio Piola believes Ferrari have made the move following disappointing seasons with the pull-rod design in 2012 and 2013.
Indeed a lot is riding on the success of the 2014 car following four years of inferiority to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull and the sense of growing frustration from it’s number one driver over that time Fernando Alonso.
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