Ferrari has unveiled its new car for next season’s F1 world championship. And Fernando Alonso has said that he is confident it will help make amends after a disappointing 2010 season.
The Italian team is the first F1 team to present its 2011 car, called the F150 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy this year.
The car is equipped with a new adjustable rear wing and has been amended to allow the addition of KERS – system kinetic energy recovery – which was banned last year but will return in 2011.
“The F150 was designed with a simple goal, said the boss Stefano Domenicali. Our goal is to win the championship. We know it will not be easy, but that’s what we want. ”
Alonso came close to achieving the goal last year. He had the opportunity to secure the championship in each of the last two races. But he failed in Brazil and he was then beaten by Sebastian Vettel because of a bad pit stop strategy to change tires in Abu Dhabi.
At the dawn of its second season at Ferrari, the double world champion told that he feels more at ease with his surroundings.
“I think I know better team and I’m better integrated, he noted. Any development carried out throughout 2010 was crucial in designing the new car.
“I’m very motivated. 2010 was an interesting year for me. It was my first with Ferrari and I liked the atmosphere. The 2011 season will be an important year with a new challenge after the law changes. We are committed to do everything possible to win and I think we are able to meet the challenge. ”
Ferrari the constructors’ championship finished third behind Red Bull and McLaren. The team also found at the heart of a controversy when she was accused of having applied the team orders at German Grand Prix.
The team was fined $ 100 000 for asking Felipe Massa, word covered during a radio message, to let Alonso pass while the first was leading the race.
Massa enters his sixth season at Ferrari, but he has not won a Grand Prix since 2008.
The season’s F1 world championship, which includes 20 events, kicks off March 13 in Bahrain and will conclude on November 27 in Brazil.