Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has confirmed they will take the covers off their 2019 challenger on February 15.

Announcing the date during Italian publication Autosprint’s annual Golden Helmet awards night, Arrivabene assured the media test runs have already begun for next year’s engine and new parts have started production.

“The group led by [technical director] Mattia Binotto has been working on next year’s single-seater for months now,” said Arrivabene.

“The engines are already running on the test benches and there are parts of the car already in production. Instead, the parts more related to the performance will arrive at the last moment, even if the tension increases because the time is less and less. On February 15 we will present the car and everything must be ready for that day.

Sebastian Vettel arrives into his fifth season with the Scuderia squad. So far the four-time champion has claimed 13 wins and 45 podiums without a world title.

“Of course it is early to give an overall picture of the car. Simulations are being done and we are working on the simulator, but the real test bench is only the track. That’s where you confront yourself, comparing the data you’ve collected during the winter period, and especially where you confront yourself with others.

“We already have some information from the guys who work on the simulator, but it’s still too early to talk about performance.”

The first test next year commences on February 18, three days after Ferrari’s reveal date, with a four-day schedule at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The second pre-season test will run during the last week of February before the cars arrive in Albert Park on March 15.

Images via Scuderia Ferrari

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.