Ferrari launches F138 in Maranello
1 February 2013 – Ferrari unveiled the new Ferrari F138 chassis at its factory in Maranello on Friday morning, the car which will contest the 2013 Formula 1 campaign in the hands of ongoing drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
According to Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, the F138 is ‘an evolution’ of last year’s F2012 chassis, featuring a raised front nose section and thus removing the stepped nose that could be seen on its initially troublesome predecessor.
Before the covers were pulled off the F138, there was a short presentation paying tribute to the continuing work of the Ferrari brand, from their first F1 race in 1950 to the modern day. Another feature highlighted the success of their road cars, showcasing its various accolages, including the 2012 Supercar of the Year, the F12 Berlinetta.
The Ferrari F138 will be present at the opening test in Jerez, with Massa driving on 5, 6 and 7 February, before handing over to newly-signed development driver Pedro de la Rosa for the final day. Fernando Alonso will get behind the wheel of the car for the first time at the second pre-season gathering at the Circuit de Catalunya.