Ferrari F2009 launch – what we know

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Ferrari takes the wraps off its F2009 today
Ferrari takes the wraps off its F2009 today

Ferrari launches its 2009 F1 car, likely to be called the F2009, in Mugello later on today.

Here’s what we already know about the car which Ferrari will defend their back-to-back 2007 and 2008 constructors’ championship titles with, and the state of the team going into 2009.

KERS problems

Ferrari personnel have said on several occasions that their preparations to run a Kinetic Energy Recovery System next year are not going well. Team boss Luca di Montezemolo has criticised the FIA for bringing in the technology, claiming its much-touted relevance for developing similar systems for road cars is exaggerated.

They are believed to be going down the route of an electrical KERS preferred by most teams, as opposed to a mechanical device. According to technical director Aldo Costa the team intends to have a KERS-equipped car ready for the first round but will also be prepared to run the car without KERS. They will not, however, build an entirely separate car designed to run without a KERS fitted. The decision which way to go will be taken next month.

Low-key launch

As with most, if not all, the other teams, Ferrari will be shunning a glitzy launch in favour of a low-key roll-out at the Mugello circuit. With the teams working to slash costs, launches will be much more austere affairs than usual.

Schumacher isn’t scheduled to drive it

Since retiring in 2006 Michael Schumacher has continued to test drive Ferrari’s new cars during the pre-season. However with testing mileage tightly restricted in 2009 – there will be no testing between the first and last racesa of the year – the team may prefer to hand most testing duties over to its regular drivers.

Its full time test drivers are Luca Badoer and Marc Gene, who did much of the post-season work at the end of 2008. Schumacher’s future role with the team has yet to be decided.

Technical team changes

Mick Ainsley-Cowlinshaw has joined Ferrari from the defunct Super Aguri team and will take charge of assembly along with Diego Ioverno. Thierry Baritaud has been placed in charge of KERS development.

Massimo Rivola has been recruited from Toro Rosso, where he was team manager, and will be responsible for logistics.

While Chris Dyer moves up to a new role in track engineering his role as Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer will be taken by Andrea Stella. Rob Smedley remains Felipe Massa’s race engineer.

Mario Almondo has moved from the race team to the road car division, and his former title of operations director has been abolished.

Read more: Ferrari F1 team information

Tata sponsorship

Indian car manufacturer Tata, which owns Jaguar and Land Rover, is to sponsor Ferrari and will have its logo on the car:

Tata logo
Tata logo

Car numbers

Despite winning the constructors’ champinoship Ferrari will not have the number one on their car because Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ title. Their cars will be three and four, with Felipe Massa likely to get number three as he finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship last year.

Read more: 2009 F1 drivers and teams

Everything else

As with all the other teams, Ferrari’s car will be built to the 2009 rules which means low and wide front wing, tall and narrow rear wing, simple diffuser and no aerodynamic flip-ups on the sidepods. What little we’ve seen of 2009-style F1 cars hasn’t been pretty, giving the F2009 the potential to be the ugliest Ferrari since the 312B3 ‘Spazzaneve’.

With the first race still over two months away, expect substantial revisions to the F2009’s aerodynamic package before the Scuderia makes it to Melbourne.

See pictures of last year’s Ferrari F2008 launch: Ferrari reveal their 2008 F1 car: the F2008

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17 comments on “Ferrari F2009 launch – what we know”

  1. Terry Fabulous
    12th January 2009, 2:15

    The whole hulla ballo over how ugly the 2009 cars are is getting too much. I mean really, once they start thundering through 4th gear corners at the edge of adhesion in fat slick tyres, everyone will forget about this and enjoy the racing!

    What I miss is new liveries, In the absence of driver changes, let’s hope someone grabs the initiative and sends a fresh looking vehicle out there to race!

  2. I agree. Every team is just white and another colour now. Its so boring and no one ever changes their livery any more :(

  3. Yeah, agreed. I hope someone surprises us with a nice new livery. The quality of F1 liveries has taken a serious nosedive in recent years. The MP4/20 was the best looking F1 car of the last decade. Then McLaren brought out that chrome-and-red scheme (it’s not terrible, it’s just not as good as their old one), and then Renault debuted their baby-vomit livery…

  4. i agree with Tery Fab!
    the cars may be ugly and differant and we’ll get used them, same as the ’98 narrow track cars!
    i think if these cars can race/overtake ppl will fall for them!
    i hope thats how it turn out!

  5. Is the type designation ‘F2009’ confirmed?

    [Ferrari’s] cars will be three and four, with Felipe Massa likely to get number three as he finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ championship last year.

    And Massa had 5 with Räikkönen 6 in 2007, too. He’s the more senior Ferrari driver, in a way.

    1. Massa had no. 6 on his Ferrari in 2006 and 2007.

  6. F2009 pictures released

  7. F2009 named F60

  8. Is it just me or does the nose look very long…??

    Also, are the teams still allowed the upper elements on the front wing?

  9. Yes Adrian, the nose looks little longer than F2008. I guess, it is just an illusion and probably because of missing Aero works on the front side of the car!!! But, for some reason F60 seem to have better racing look than F2008… may be because it is less complex in its shape :)

    I liked it at the first look (except the front wing), not as bad as it was projected!!!

  10. Even the rear wing doesn’t look narrower and taller as have seen with BMW and williams.It looks great than BMW.

  11. The racing better be great because that car is hideous – you could shovel snow with that front wing!

  12. I love it!

  13. Maybe McLaren can persuade Force India to change livery from the McClone look, now they have a finger in Mallya’s pie

  14. Lets hope the red team play fair this year… lol… hahaha…!

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