Ferrari set to be first to launch with Feb 11 date

Mark Scott


Ferrari will be wasting no time in unveiling their 2020 challenger after pencilling February 11 as their official launch date.

The Scuderia will once again be looking to end their long running title drought as Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel look to take a more sustained fight to the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.

Binotto has explained why an early launch date has been picked and why Ferrari cannot be considered favourites for 2020 regardless of pre-season testing.

“We will launch the car very early. I think we will be the earliest,” Binotto told reporters at Ferrari’s Christmas media lunch.

“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, but again, because soon after we’ve got an intense program of benches to go to before Barcelona 2020.”

On the title favourites tag, Binotto added: “We didn’t have the best car in 2019, Abu Dhabi is straightforward.

“So, we cannot be the favourites.

“The ones that won the championship this year, the ones that won the last titles are setting the bar and are having the fastest car by the end of the season.

“So we are, eventually, the challenger. That’s where we are positioning ourselves.”

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