Ferrari reveals "very early" 2020 F1 car launch

Ferrari believes it will be the first Formula 1 team to launch a 2020 car after committing to reveal date for its newest contender.

Ferrari reveals "very early" 2020 F1 car launch

The Italian team, which will continue with the same driver line-up of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, is in the final design and homologation stage of its 2020 car.

Team principal Mattia Binotto told select media, including Motorsport.com, the car will be unveiled on February 11, eight days before testing begins.

Ferrari launched its 2019 car on February 15, with Toro Rosso the first to launch on the 11th.

“We will launch the car very early,” said Binotto. “I think we will be the earliest.

“The reason why we are anticipating the launch and the unveiling, and then moving on, is we must see some dyno homologations before going to Barcelona.

“We are launching the car on the 11th of February 2020, because soon after we've got an intense bench programme before [testing begins].”

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Testing has been reduced from eight days to six for 2020, to help compress the season’s schedule. Two three-day tests will be run, the first from February 19-21 and second from 26-28.

The 2020 Ferrari will retain the matte red paint introduced this year for weight-saving purposes, with the minimum weight being raised by 2kg amid team concerns.

Competitively, the car will be tasked with ending a 12-season title drought for Ferrari, which has not won a championship since 2008. Its 2019 machine, the SF90, was fast but inconsistent and unreliable.

Ferrari scored nine poles in 2019, but only won three races due to a mix of reliability problems and driver or team error. Its performance was also erratic, ranging from dominant poles in Bahrain, Belgium and Russia to finishing a minute behind the winner in Spain and the United States.

“We cannot be the favourites [for 2020],” said Binotto. “The ones that won the championship this year [Mercedes], the ones that won the last [six] titles are setting the bar and are having the fastest car by the end of the season.

“So we are the challenger. That's where we are positioning ourselves.”

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