Cape Town - Ferrari have become the first team to reveal their 2018
launch date with the Italian outfit set to do the unveiling online.
The Scuderia have confirmed that the event will take place
on February 22 and they will follow it up with a filming day at the Circuit de
Ferrari again finished the season empty-handed after they
fell away in both title races during the latter half of the season with
Sebastian Vettel finishing second behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers'
Championship while Mercedes won the Constructors' title.
President Sergio Marchionne says they have learned a lot of
lessons from the 2017 campaign and he is confident they "will be
competitive" again next season.
"Given where we started from last year, this season we
have taken giant strides forward," he said. "Having said that, the
second half of 2017 was...character building. We learned a lot over the past
six months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing.
"From back in August of last year, when we overhauled
the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene
as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be
capable of doing something amazing. We really believed we could do much more:
but in 2017, we were unable to reach our objectives.
"That has also resulted in some changes to the
organisation of the Gestione Sportiva. We can already see significant signs of
change when it comes to the team’s production capacity. The important thing is
to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this
organisation. I have no doubt that we will be competitive."