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The F2012 has left for Jerez
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 3 February –This afternoon, the F2012 set off on its journey to make its track debut, scheduled for 7 February at Jerez de la Frontiera, in Andalusia. The only car available so far was launched this morning to all the fans of the Prancing Horse through the medium of the Maranello company’s website and was then returned to the Car Assembly area where the final touches were put to it. Then, at dusk, on a very cold day that actually did not see any more snow fall in the end, it was loaded onto a high-speed transporter which then left for Jerez. It’s a long way to go, given the distance separating Maranello from the Spanish city is around 2,200 kilometres and it is due to arrive tomorrow night. Some members of the team will already be there awaiting its arrival, while the majority will fly out of Bologna on Sunday morning.

F2012: new single-seater presentation
Source: Ferrari

The F2012 is the fifty eighth car built by Ferrari with the express purpose of taking part in the Formula 1 World Championship. It adopts a well established tradition of being named after its year of manufacture.
The project, which goes by the internal code number of 663, constitutes the Scuderia’s interpretation of the technical and sporting regulations that apply this year: the main changes when compared to 2011 concern the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management. Practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised, starting with the suspension layout: both the front and rear feature pull-rods, aimed at favouring aerodynamic performance and lowering the centre of gravity. The front wing is derived from the one introduced on the 150º Italia in the final part of its racing life and has been evolved from there. Further evolutions are planned in this area for the opening races of the season. The nose has a step in it that is not aesthetically pleasing: with the requirement from the regulations to lower the front part, this was a way of raising the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible for aerodynamic reasons. The sides have been redesigned, through modifications to the side impact structures, the repositioning of the radiators and revisions to all aerodynamic elements. The lower part of the rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered, a feature achieved partly through a new gearbox casing and a relocation of some mechanical components. In recent years, the area of exhausts has been crucial in terms of car performance and much effort was expended on this front, based on changes to the regulations introduced this year. The rear wing is conceptually similar to the one used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised and it is now more efficient. Naturally, it is still fitted with DRS (a drag reduction system,) which is operated hydraulically. The front and rear air intakes for the brakes have been redesigned and work was carried out in collaboration with Brembo to optimise the braking system.
The engine in the F2012 is an evolution of the one that powered last year’s car, which is inevitable given that the technical regulations forbid any modification to internal components aimed at increasing performance. Furthermore, much effort has gone into improving its installation in the new chassis, so as not to penalise the aerodynamics of the car. Another area on which the Maranello engine specialists have been working is performance drop off, with the aim of maintaining the highest possible performance level throughout each engine’s cycle of use, which has now reached an average life of three races. The electronic management of the engine has been revised based on the modifications to the rules regarding the use of exhaust gases, a task that has required a great deal of attention and many hours on the test bed. The kinetic energy recovery system maintains its low central location in the car – a choice also aimed at maximising safety – and has undergone an update directed mainly at reducing its weight and at improving the efficiency of some of its components. Several decades of technical collaboration with Shell has seen further progress on the fuel and lubricants front, revolving around improving performance in absolute terms and on durability over the life cycle of the engines, as well as reducing consumption. As usual, great attention has been paid to the electronics on the car, especially in terms of reducing weight and, obviously, reliability.
As always at Ferrari, a great deal of time has been devoted to the performance and optimisation of the materials used, right from the design stage of each of around six thousand components that make up the car. In part, this is done to ensure that all operations carried out at the race track are as efficient and effective as possible. Obviously, quality control remains a crucial aspect, as does the goal of reaching maximum levels of performance and reliability, while maintaining the highest possible safety standards.
With a reduction in the number of days available for track testing before the start of the Championship, which has dropped from fifteen to twelve, preparatory work on the test beds prior to the car’s track debut, has taken on even more importance. The three test sessions – at Jerez de la Frontera and Barcelona – will serve to get a picture of the handling of the F2012 and to adapt it to the Pirelli tyres. Indeed, getting the most out of the tyres has been an area that has seen a lot of work both at the design stage and in how the activities at the track are to be managed. The car is due to undergo a very intensive development programme over the first part of the season, especially on the aerodynamic front.

Technical Specifications
Source: Ferrari

Chassis

— Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure

— Ferrari longitudinal gearbox

— Limited-slip differential

— Semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox – quick shift

Number of gears: 7 +Reverse

— Brembo ventilated carbon-fibre disc brakes

— Independent suspension, pull-rod activated torsion springs front and rear

Weight with water, lubricant and driver: 640 kg

OZ Wheels (front and rear): 13”

Engine

Type: 056

Number of cylinders: 8

— Cylinder block in sand cast aluminium V 90°

Number of valves: 32

— Pneumatic distribution

Total displacement: 2398 cm3

Piston bore: 98 mm

— Weight > 95 kg

— Electronic injection and ignition

Fuel: Shell V-Power

Lubricant: Shell Helix Ultra

The F2012 on www.ferrari.com: over five million page visits in under ten hours
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 3 February – A huge number of Ferrari enthusiasts from all over the world headed for the Maranello company’s website today to find out all about the F2012, the car that Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will use in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship. There were over five million page hits in under ten hours, bearing witness to the great success generated among fans and F1 insiders by the on-line presentation. Apart from live streaming of the event as it took place at the Fiorano track’s steering pad, web surfers were able to see photos of many details of the car as well as watch interviews with President Luca di Montezemolo, Stefano Domenicali and the engineers who designed and produced the car, as well as the drivers who will take it out on track.
If confirmation was needed that love of Ferrari knows no boundaries, the geographical distribution of the visitors definitely proved it, as they really came from all four corners of the globe, including Greenland, Cuba and other Caribbean islands such as St. Kitts and Nevis. In terms of volume, the top ten was headed not surprisingly by Italy, Ferrari’s homeland. Much more surprising was the fact that in second place came Finland, beating Spain by a whisker: the fact that former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Formula 1 has revived interest in this sport among the Finns is understandable, but not many would have bet on it being quite so widespread!

Ferrari and Santander together until 2017
Source: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has extended its collaboration agreement with the Santander Bank to the end of the 2017 season.
“We are pleased to have extended our relationship with the Santander Bank,” commented Scuderia Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “In these first two years together, we have been able to see on a daily basis how much our two companies share the same values: a desire for excellence, love of competition, team work, the will to excel and to serve one’s customers needs. Having extended the contract from now, is a sign of the great confidence Santander has in us and that is something of which we can be particularly proud.”

New Ferrari launch cancelled because of snow
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 February – There was no let up from the snow last night, which continued to fall on Maranello and the surrounding area and the situation does not appear to be changing this morning. The forecast is still bad both in terms of predictions of more snow fall and of a further drop in temperature.
Therefore, the decision has been taken to cancel the presentation ceremony for the new car, which was to have taken place at 10.30 tomorrow. The decision was taken because of the weather conditions and because of the difficulties that would have faced the 300 or so people due to attend from the team partners, the authorities and representatives of the media in their attempts to get to Maranello.
Photographs and all technical information relating to the car, along with exclusive interviews, will be available to all on www.ferrarif1.com.

OZ wheels for the new Ferrari
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 1st February – The wheels on the Ferrari Formula 1 car that is being launched in two days time at the Fiorano Track are made by OZ, an Italian company that is a world leader in the world of competition and the motor industry in general and in the field of alloy wheels.
The wheels will wear the famous logo of the company from Padua, featuring the colour yellow, which harks back to the one used in the early Eighties. The agreement is for a three year period.
“We are proud to welcome OZ to the group of Suppliers to the Scuderia,” said Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali. “The brand from Padua is synonymous with quality and reliability and along with these characteristics comes the ability to meet the demands of its customers who, in an environment as competitive as Formula 1, are always looking for maximum performance. This collaboration in Formula 1 will further strengthen the ties that have linked for many years the Prancing Horse and OZ in the world of road-going cars.

Maranello white-out
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 1st February – It’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last that snow has put in an appearance on the eve of the launch of a new Ferrari Formula 1 car. However, it seems that this year, the weather gods really want to have their say. From late yesterday morning, Maranello has been hit by snow, with no sign of a let up. Work to set up the structure that will host the launch ceremony is still going ahead, even if it is not proving straightforward. The forecast is not exactly comforting, as snow is set to continue falling at least until tomorrow morning and the temperature will continue to drop, getting down to the -10º mark, which will make for icy roads.
The situation is far from simple, as can be seen from the fact that the Maranello local authorities and those surrounding it (including Modena) have announced the closure of all schools at all levels up until Saturday 4 February.
It now looks as though there is little chance of carrying out the planned promotional filming featuring action shots of the car at the Fiorano track: even if the snow was to stop it’s hard to imagine that the escape roads could be cleared of their blanket of snow which is gradually building up.

Seat fitting for Alonso and Massa
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 24 January –Today, for the first time, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso made actual contact with the car they will drive in the 2012 World Championship. The two Scuderia Ferrari drivers were in Maranello today to try out their seating position in the very first car to be assembled over the past few days at the Gestione Sportiva.
It also provided the opportunity for the drivers to meet up with Stefano Domenicali and the engineers and to be brought up to speed with development of the car. Felipe and Fernando, along with Jules Bianchi and Davide Rigon, will spend the next few days at a training camp in the Canary Isles taking part in a programme aimed at putting the finishing touches to their physical training, prior to the start of the season. Their next public outing will be on 3 February at the Fiorano track, for the presentation of the new car to the media and the Scuderia’s partners.
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