Yesterday should have been the official launch ceremony but due to weather conditions, The Team decided to launch the 2012 Contender today. Not impressive by looks and Not a Love at sight car. But for most, This is the most aggressive looking car of the 2012 Season
The folks at Maranello has done some job over the winter and they for sure didn't feature much in the off season buzz, Complete focus has been done on car and they set the target far higher then where they finished last season
Slight Changes in the Technical staff couldn't have come at a better time, This car is based on the work done by Team's Technical Director Pat Fry and Cheif Designer Nikolas Tombazis who admitted that this might not be good looking car but that he got used to the bump on the nose and the car is a complete result of detail work and for now, he believes this is a good looking car.
Ferrari like other Teams has confirmed that a lot might change before the first race as lots of upgrades has been planned over the 12 days of test. And the Team will review its stance after the first few races but the goal is to win from the start
Chief Designer Nikolas Tombazis also believed that the details and the features of the car has to be blamed on the Technical regulations. Ferrari for this season has moved from Push Rod type Suspension system to Pull Rod type suspension used by many teams
Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has admitted that the Team has right ingridents to make a good recipe and that they have every conditions right to win
Team boss Stefano Domenicali has admitted that they can start winning from the beginning and that the changes they have done in Technical point of view should produce some results. The point also to be noted is that the Team launched the 2012 contender with a far more different front wing then what they have raced with in some races of the 2011 season
Team Drivers Alonso and Massa admitted that this car looks more different from what they have seen in the past and Massa went on to add that the car looks more aggressive and he is happy to be a part of the Team and also stressing on the fact that 2012 is an important year for him.
Over the horizon, This car looks more aggressive then ever before. If you are one of those who believes beauty is more important then looks then this car is not for you. For me, A lot of work has been done on this car and technically this looks more sound. While some of the other Teams did promise a radical approach, their car looks like continuity of what they had in last season while for Ferrari, This is one of the most crucial year and they are looking all set as for them they are not ready to settle in less then a championship