The Ferrari F150 Ferrari has become the first team to take the wraps off its car ahead of the 2011 season, doing the honours at its Maranello headquarters.

Eager to ensure it has every opportunity of winning the 2011 championship crown, the team’s designers have opted for an aggressive approach to the new car, dubbed the F150.

Part of the reason for the team’s failure to deliver either championship in 2010 was that it was not a competitive – or reliable – package at the start of last season, and key figures in the team will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes heading into this season.

The front of the F150 is rather reminiscent of last year’s championship-winning Red Bull design, although the car retains the familiar push-rod rear suspension it has used for some time.

The packaging has been well-optimised in spite of the addition of KERS, and it will be under the carbon fibre shell where much of the clever designs will remain hidden.

Click to view the gallery of Ferrari’s launch [Images via AUTOSPORT, GP Update and Sutton Images]

Fernando Alonso then took to the team’s test track, Fiorano, to demonstrate the new car for filming and publicity purposes. The car will run in anger for the first time when pre-season testing gets underway next week at Valencia.

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