Full marks to Ferrari for getting their 2009 car out first, especially as they were fighting for the world championship until the final round last season.
So dramatic are the rule changes this year – the biggest for a generation – everything is new with these cars and it’s hard to make many judgments based on what we see at the launch. Technical boss Aldo Costa says that it is a completely new car, a clean sheet of paper, but I’m sure much of the DNA which has run through the ultra successful generation of Ferrari cars since 1999 is there.
It’s a nice touch that Ferrari has called the car the F60, to underline the fact that the team is the only one to have taken part in every one of the 60 years of world championships. But it also indicates the degree to which the company feels it is intrinsically linked to the sport, that their heritage and F1’s are one and the same. There is more to this than meets the eye. The sport is at a historical turning point and team principal Stefano Domenicali underlined that Ferrari is playing a key role in the shaping of the sport for the future; he is referring to the recent developments with FOTA.