Ferrari will launch its 2011 car in late January Ferrari has confirmed it will launch its 2011 championship challenger in the last week of January, just days ahead of the first pre-season test at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia.

While most of the teams are expected to take wraps off their cars on the morning of the first session, it is believed that the Scuderia will do so at its Maranello-based headquarters.

The outfit hasn’t committed to a firm date for the launch, other than to state the progress is going along smoothly and that the monocoque had passed its first FIA-sanctioned mandatory crash tests.

The outfit’s next public gig is the team’s annual Wrooom skiing junket in the Italian Dolomites at the resort complex of Madonna di Campiglio next week.

Meanwhile, team boss Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that will be little reshuffling in the team’s middle management structure, in spite of rumours of widespread sackings in the wake of the poor early pit-stop strategic call at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that is commonly believed to be the cause of Fernando Alonso losing the World Championship to Sebastian Vettel.

However, Domenicali has confirmed that the recently-signed Pat Fry – previously a designer at McLaren – will assume a more prominent role.

“We will officially announce something in the coming hours and make sure that those who are making decisions in the crucial moments have all the tools to do not repeat the mistakes,” he told the La Repubblica newspaper.

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