Ferrari’s latest car – codenamed the ‘288’ at its Maranello, although it is widely believed it will be known as the ‘F11’ once unveiled – will be revealed a few days ahead of its on-track debut at Valencia when the 2011 pre-season testing kicks off.
Team boss Stefano Domenicali made the announcements during a scheduled press conference at its annual Wroom skiing and PR event in the Italian Dolomites.
The car had recently passed the mandatory FIA crash tests with flying colours, and the race-ready chassis’ were being assembled at the factory.
Domenicali is hopeful that the car will provide a good foundation for the team to secure its targeted aim of winning the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship titles in 2011, but is also mindful that it needs to eliminate the mistakes of the past as well.
“For 2011 our goals is very clear, that we are aiming to win both the titles, constructors’ and drivers’ titles, this must be the goal of our team,” he told reporters during his press conference.
“And so the expectations, that of being able to have a car competitive from the start, a reliable car, a strong car, and I have to say that we’ve seen this last year. If you’re not perfect within such a competitive environment, with opponents that are so strong with teams, which also varied numerically, then it becomes difficult to win.
“the goal is that of being better than last year, especially in terms of performance, with a car which must be competitive from the start, it must be reliable – as it was reliable last year – but improved where possible because with every reliability you make a breakthrough, and we must be perfect in interpreting the events which take place during races, because also from this point of view we do not make mistakes,” he added.
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