Ferrari's new F1 car passes crash tests

Ferrari is fully on schedule with its new Formula 1 car after completing its final crash tests well ahead of the first pre-season test at Barcelona.

Although there is no official confirmation from the team about it securing FIA homologation for the 667 chassis, sources have revealed to Motorsport.com that the car has got the all-clear to run.

Ferrari is pushing hard with both engine and aerodynamics for 2016 in a bid to overhaul Mercedes and lift Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in to championship contention.

There are suggestions that the team is going more extreme with its nose this year, making it as short as the regulations will allow in a bid to maximise its performance.

Such a push for a shorter nose makes it harder to pass the crash tests, as rivals found out last year, but it should in theory deliver aerodynamic benefits.

Last year's SF15-T was one of the few cars to stick with a longer-nose concept, and it is not impossible that the team could elect to vary which concept it uses at different race tracks in 2016 depending on performance characteristics.

Ferrari is set for an online launch of its new F1 car a few days prior to the first Barcelona test that begins on February 22.

Additional reporting by Franco Nugnes

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