Ferrari has announced it will launch its 2010 F1 car at its Maranello base on 28 January, a handful of days before the pre-season testing sessions start.

The team’s championship challenger will be known as the ‘281’.

“We’ll present the car with an event for the media and our partners, while our fans will be able to follow the presentation live on,” team principal Stefano Domenicali announced during the team’s annual ski event in Madonna di Campiglio.

Domenicali also added that it was crucial for the team to be ready and rolling from the first race, and was explicit in his expectations that the team avoids the reliability problems that blighted their 2008 and 2009 championship tilts.

“One important element that unfortunately was not really good in the last couple of years was the first grands prix, when we had problems with reliability,” he noted.

“We’ve worked a lot on that so I’m expecting to see results. It’s important to keep our concentration because the season will be very, very long.

“We’re working hard to recover the performance gap that we had last year. The numbers look quite interesting, but as usual we need to wait and see what will be the situation.

“I don’t expect to verify it at the beginning of testing in Spain, but before the start of the season we will know how quick the car is.”

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