For many years since its inauguration back in 1950, Ferrari has been the only team to contest the world renown Formula One Championship, and still is around today. For all these seasons, the prancing horse has had many world tiles in both the ...
For many years since its inauguration back in 1950, Ferrari has been the only team to contest the world renown Formula One Championship, and still is around today. For all these seasons, the prancing horse has had many world tiles in both the drivers (Thanks to Michael Schumacher with seven) and constructors' divisions.
But last season was one of a huge struggle, and after only one win at Spa, thanks to Kimi Raikkonen, the team had to scrap any plans of improving the current car and focus on the 2010 model, the F10.
Today, in front of a curious audience at their base in Marenello, Italy, the team unveiled its new car with a lot of changes that the squad needed to improve on, and hopefully, this year will bring more results.
Technical director Aldo Costa developed the car around last year's controversial double diffuser, despite being covered, and the larger fuel tank, which will cope with this year's refueling ban.
Team manager Stefano Domenciali already knows that this year is make or break.
"The championship will be very important to us," he said. "The last championship was not very positive, and that is why we are dealing with this one looking to be competitive. And this is what Ferrari deserves."
The team is headed by two time world champion Fernando Alonso, who drove most of his career for Renault, and will replace Raikkonen. The newcomer to the team was very overcome, knowing that this car could bring him back to his winning ways.
"I want to thank the team because they have worked really hard in the last few months to create this new car." Stated the Spaniard. "I also want to thank the sponsors and partners as they have shown a lot of passion."
But if Alonso is happy to be here, his teammate Felipe Massa is even gladder that his career is not suddenly at an end.
The Brazilian has gone through two tough seasons, one just losing the drivers championship to Lewis Hamilton by one point in 2008, then a freak accident in Hungary last summer, when a large spring that fell out of Rubens Barrichello's car struck Massa in the left side of the helmet, knocking him unconscious and despite the quick recovery to be alert and drive again, the team doctors decided to let Massa recover and this made this year's test driver, Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, drive for the remainder of the season.
"It is undoubtedly a great pleasure to be here at another Ferrari launch, said Massa. "I had the accident and everything else that happened. I am proud and very happy and feel that I want to work harder than ever before."
And the way both driver's are enthusiastic about the upcoming year, it could be well deserved double titles for this grand marquee.