February 1, 2013
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Ferrari revealed their 2013 challenger, called the F138, in team headquarters in Maranello today.
Visually, the most noticeable addition is the FIA-approved modesty panel to the front nosecone, overall improving the look of the car. Otherwise, it’s a case of evolution over revolution, as Ferrari attempt to start the year more consistently than they did 2012.
The name F138 is a reference to both the current year, and the final use of the V8 engines in Formula 1.
Ferrari have taken the risky option of splitting their development team into two – one half working on the F138, and the other half already getting started on the 2014 machine.
Pullrod suspension has been retained at both ends of the car, a move that has been copied by other teams this year.
The air intakes and sidepods have been adjusted to allow for modifications at the rear, most likely in the form of revised exhausts.
Felipe Massa will debut the F138 at Jerez on the 5th-8th February, with Alonso missing the first test entirely.
The Spaniard will then return on the 19th at the Circuit de Catalunya to complete aerodynamic checks at the second test.