The new Ferrari F138 Formula 1 car has been unveiled in Maranello, in the presence of Luca Montezemolo, Fiat chairman John Elkann and its CEO Sergio Marchionne
This is the 59th Formula 1 car built by the team and its designation is a reflection of the year and the number of cylinders in the engine. The first “official” photographs actually emerged before the launch on Twitter.
The car is the work of a team overseen by chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and led by Simone Resta. He has been at Ferrari since he joined from Minardi in 2001. He initially worked in suspension and mechanical design becoming head of that department before being promoted to head of research and development in 2006. He was appointed Deputy Chief Designer in January last year and since April has been working on the 2013 car.
The team has a new chief aerodynamicist in Loic Bigois, who joined from Mercedes Benz last year and he has been overseeing the reconstruction of the Maranello wind tunnel, which was deemed to be out of date. This work will not be finished until the summer and the team has used one of the two Toyota wind tunnels in Cologne. The team has recruited a number of new aerodynamicists, plus several old hands, notably Ben Agathangelou. Having said that Stefano Domenicali said that the new car is a development of the previous F2013 but said that he hoped that the leap forward had been significant so that the team can begin the season as competitively as possible.
The team took the opportunity to announce several new sponsorship deals, notably with its first Chinese sponsor, Weichai Power. There is also a deal with watchmaker Hublot, plus increased sponsorships from the energy drink TNT and from the Russian anti-virus IT company Kaspersky Lab.