Wednesday, February 23, 2011

F1 Constructor: Ferrari

(Ferrari F150th Italia; Source: theformulaoneand

Launch Date/Venue: January 28 - Maranello
Name: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Base: Maranello, Italy
Former Team Name: (Scuderia Ferrari)
Constructors Titles: 16 (1961, 1964, 1975-77, 1979, 1982-83, 1999-2004, 2007-08)
Drivers Titles: 15 (1952-53, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1964, 1975, 1977, 1979, 2000-2004, 2007)
2010 Standings: 3rd: 396-points
2010 Chassis: F10

Team Principal: Stefano Domenicali
Technical Director: Aldo Costa
Seasons: 62 (1950-Present)
Debut Race: 1950 Monaco GP
Races: 811
Wins: 215
Poles: 205

Model: F150th Italia
Engine: Ferrari 056/2011
(Upgraded for KERS installation)
Gearbox: Ferrari

TECH: Exhaust blown starter hole

No. 5) Fernando Alonso; Spain
No. 6) Felipe Massa; Brazil
Third Driver) Jules Bianchi
Reserve Drivers) Giancarlo Fisichella, Marc Gene

La Scuderia got the ball rolling once again – typically being the first Formula One Constructor to launch its new challenger, which it did so at Maranello, before Fredrico Suave (Fernando Alonso) gave the new beast its shakedown “Promotional” run next door on the companies Fiorano test track.

And I will not even attempt describing any of the Technical Rules changes that affect the 2011 chassis, albeit I think the moveable rear wing is a JOKE! Whilst teams are also forced to spend countless millions redeveloping the “Vaunted” KERS system, which is all part of Formula 1’s Code Green mandate.

As we know, (THANKFULLY!) Ferdi-the-Putz (Alonso) faultered in the season finale – losing the Drivers Title fight to Master ‘Zebb, nee Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari finished third in the Constructors Championship; hence their respective car numbers following Red Bull & McLaren.

The driver lineup remains intact for a second year, while long time tester Luca Badoer has left the Prancing Horse outfit – being primarily replaced by Jules Bianchi, although I saw somewheres that “FishyFellah” (Giancarlo Fisichella) & Marc Gene are still on the Maranello Payroll.

The biggest(?) Shakeup was the restructuring of the Team’s Hierarchy, with Chief Engineer Chris Dyer being sacrificed over the Abu Dhabi shemozzle. Ex-McLaren stalwart Pat Frye will now take over Dyer’s Head of Trackside Engineering duties, whilst Dyer will take up a Factory role instead...

Ferrari unveil 2011 challenger

Ferrari F150-ITALIA: Pictures

Ferrari F150-ITALIA: Launch notes