Ferrari confirm launch date for their 2024 F1 car

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Formula One's most successful team Ferrari has become the first team to confirm the day on which it will take the covers off its car for the 2024 F1 season.

Teams usually announce the launch day of their brand-new F1 car after Christmas, although Ferrari has elected to reveal the launch date of their 2024 F1 machine early, confirming that the new car will break covers on February 13, just over two weeks before the start of the new season.

Speaking of the launch date, Team Principal Fred Vasseur said: “We will have one day more before the test! No no, it’s quite tight, honestly and more seriously, we have the test a bit before, and it’s quite a challenge to put everything together,”

“It means we had no other option I think also, but some other teams are doing it also on the 14th. It’s quite challenging to be ready for Bahrain," Vasseur is quoted as saying by RACER.

Having mastered the new technical era at the beginning of 2022, Ferrari started to fall back towards the end of last season only to struggle for pace at the start of the 2023 F1 season. The team has made key changes to the aerodynamic characteristics of their 2022 F1 car in pursuit of higher top speed, which resulted in a lack of downforce, particularly at the front of the car.

The Scuderia has also gone through organizational changes as Mattia Binotto left his role as Team Principal, and former Alfa Romeo team boss Fred Vasseur took over the reign at the helm of the Maranello-based outfit. The Frenchman made tweaks to the strategy department of the team, placing former chief strategist Inaki Ruedi into a factory-based role and promoting Ravin Jain to Strategy Director.

Furthermore, Sporting Director Laurent Mekies decided to leave the team to join AlphaTauri as team principal. His role was taken over by Diego Ioverno. Meanwhile, head of vehicle concept David Sanchez also left the Maranello-based outfit to switch to McLaren.

Speaking of the expectation ahead of his second season as Ferrari's Team Principal, Vasseur refused to set concrete performance targets: “I don’t have to promise something.

“The best way is to be focused on what we are doing, to deliver, and the Christmas gift for will be if we are able to do a good job in March, not for Christmas. Christmas, the gift is just based on promise, and I don’t want to make a promise. We will see in March. It will be the Easter gift!”