May debut for new Ferrari 14 Jan 2005
The 2005 Ferrari Formula One car will not be raced until the Spanish Grand Prix in May, team boss Jean Todt has revealed.
Ferrari will run with a modified B-version of their championship winning F2004 for the opening four rounds of the season, before the new machine makes its competitive debut at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya.
The team will have the car ready to present to the media at the end of February, but have chosen to delay its introduction, primarily due to the revised regulations which require an engine to last twice as long as last season.
Well, simply considering the new rules, one power unit for two Grands Prix, we want to do two sequences of two Grands Prix and then we are going to start from Spain with the new car," Todt told a news conference at Ferraris winter retreat in the Italian Dolomites.
In recent years Ferrari have made a habit of beginning the new season with last years machine, and it is a habit that has served them well. However, given the major aerodynamic changes required under the 2005 regulations, most teams intend to hit the track in Melbourne with all-new cars. Ferrari and Minardi are the only ones with confirmed plans to start the season with interim designs.