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2014-01-06 15:35

FERRARI PREPARES: Ferrari mechanics gear-up for the 2014 Formula 1 season . Image: AFP

Ferrari is edging closer to having its 2014 car ready for the start of winter testing. The Maranello-built single-seater is to be launched on January 23, 24 or 25 2014 ahead of the opening test at Jerez in Spain.

Ferrari has been testing its new 2014 electrical and energy recovery systems in a 2011 chassis, although the turbo V6 engine will not perform on an a circuit until Jerez later in January.

'CRASH TESTS CRUCIAL'

F1 correspondent Marco Canseco said the car, whose official name will be decided by fans via an internet poll, would "almost certainly" undergo its mandatory FIA crash tests at the CSI technical facility in Bollate, Italy.

F1 correspondent Alessandro Stefanini said Ferrari's 2014 package would be run over a couple of "filming days" before to its official debut.

He said the most likely car launch date were January 23 or 25, with the latter less likely due to "superstitious" reasons.

Giorgio Piola, a well-known F1 technical illustrator, believes Ferrari has decided to revert to a more conventional pushrod layout for its front suspension this year. The 1012 and 2013 cars used innovative 'pullrods', according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
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