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Ferrari’s new car to be named F138 30 Jan 2013

Logo for Ferrari's 2013 car, the F138 Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, Ferrari Wrooom Ski Meeting, Italy, 2013

Ferrari have revealed that their 2013 car will be called the F138. The machine, the 59th single-seater the Scuderia have built for Formula One racing, derives its name from a combination of the current year and the number of cylinders in its engine.

Ferrari say that the name pays tribute to the V8 engine, which is being replaced next year as the sport’s standard power-unit configuration by V6 turbo engines.

The F138 will be launched on Friday at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters in Italy. It will then be transported to Jerez in Spain for next week's first pre-season test of 2013, where Felipe Massa will give the car its track debut.

Newly-recruited test driver Pedro de la Rosa will take over testing duties from Massa on day four of the first session, with 2012 championship runner-up Fernando Alonso getting his first run in the new car at the second test in Barcelona from February 19.

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