Scuderia Ferrari expect the 2022 Formula 1 car – with an unprecedented power unit that 10% will run on methanol – to respond best to the new regulations.
Ferrari has become the second Formula 1 team to set a date for the unveiling of its 2022 package.
The car, which has not yet been publicly named, is set to be launched on February 17, a month from today (Monday).
Only one other Formula 1 team, Aston Martin, has set a launch date ahead of this year’s championship, with its AMR22 due to be unveiled on February 10.
Pre-season testing will commence at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 23.
The second test is set for Bahrain’s Sakhir International Circuit on March 10, ahead of the opening round at the same venue on March 20.
Ferrari finished third in last year’s Constructors’ Championshipm prevailing over McLaren, as it bounced back from a miserable 2020 season in which it slumped to sixth in the standings.
Last week details emerged about the new car, Formu1a.uno reporting that there is a “more aggressive nose design” planned with the Scuderia having also adopted a “pull-rod configuration on the front suspension” which would be “in stark contrast to the push-rod suspension geometry seen on the previous single-seaters”.
The decision, reports the Italian website, has been “largely directed by aerodynamics” as the “pull-rod configuration allows the flow to be redirected towards the bottom of the car and straight into the cooling inlets, which should also be lower, all matched by a more compact rear end thanks to the cooling ‘gills’ allowed by the new regulations”.
Ferrari is the second team to announce when it will be launching its car ahead of the new season with Aston Martin revealing last week that it would unveil the AMR22 on 10 February.
Ferrari did not reveal the name of their 2022 car in Monday’s tweet with it for now going under the moniker ‘Project 674′.
Although the Italian stable finished the 2021 Constructors’ Championship in third place, the Scuderia went without a single win for the second year in succession, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc managing five podiums between them.
Ferrari are hoping that 2022’s all-new start will allow them to take on Red Bull and Mercedes for the World titles.
“I feel that people are excited,” said Sainz. “They have seen that Ferrari has the ability to turn a bad year around,” said Sainz.
“They have seen that I came to Ferrari to fight, not to do what some people thought.
“I see the fans looking forward to next season. That opportunity that the change of regulations can give us. The objective is to aspire to world championships because this is Ferrari.”
Charles Leclerc claimed two pole positions, while Carlos Sainz contributed four of Ferrari’s five podiums, though it was the only team in the top five of the standings not to win a race.
Ferrari will continue to field Leclerc and Sainz as its 2022 driver line-up.
Ferrari reveals launch dates for 2022 Formula 1 car
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