Ferrari confirm 2018 launch date


Ferrari have become the first team to reveal their 2018 launch date with the Italian outfit set to do the unveiling online.

The Scuderia have confirmed that the event will take place on February 22 and they will follow it up with a filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ferrari again finished the season empty-handed after they fell away in both title races during the latter half of the season with Sebastian Vettel finishing second behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship while Mercedes won the Constructors’ title.

President Sergio Marchionne says they have learned a lot of lessons from the 2017 campaign and he is confident they “will be competitive” again next season.

“Given where we started from last year, this season we have taken giant strides forward,” he said. “Having said that, the second half of 2017 was…character building. We learned a lot over the past six months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing.

“From back in August of last year, when we overhauled the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be capable of doing something amazing. We really believed we could do much more: but in 2017, we were unable to reach our objectives.

“That has also resulted in some changes to the organisation of the Gestione Sportiva. We can already see significant signs of change when it comes to the team’s production capacity. The important thing is to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this organisation. I have no doubt that we will be competitive.”