Ferrari to Unveil 2024 Car Ahead of Valentine’s Day Launch
At a recent media event in Maranello, team principal Frederic Vasseur dropped some intriguing hints about Ferrari’s plans for the upcoming season. He revealed that the highly anticipated 2024 car, codenamed 676, will be unveiled one day before the traditional Valentine’s Day launch of their current model, the SF-23.
“The launch will take place on the 13th of February, just a day before Valentine’s Day,” Vasseur shared with a mischievous smile. “You’ll have to wait until then to find out all the details; including its name.”
Vasseur playfully added another reason for this unique timing: it gives them an extra day to prepare for the Bahrain pre-season test. “No, it’s quite tight,” he chuckled. “We have our hands full trying to put everything together in time.”
Ferrari faced high expectations last year when they introduced their SF-23 model at Fiorano. Hopes were high that it would correct any flaws found in their initially competitive but ultimately disappointing 2022 car and mount a serious challenge for the world championship.
Frederic Vasseur – Team Principal and General Manager – Scuderia FerrariBut those hopes were dashed as Red Bull dominated most of the races during 2023, winning 21 out of 22, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz managing to secure the sole non-Red Bull victory in Singapore.
Recognizing the need for a change in approach, Vasseur made it clear that they are not setting lofty expectations this time around. When pressed by the Italian media, he responded candidly: “I don’t want to make promises. The best way to please our fans is by delivering results. Let’s focus on doing a good job in March; that will be their real gift.”
Ferrari’s Christmas Lunch atmosphereAfter a disappointing start to the previous season, Ferrari managed to finish third overall behind Mercedes by just three points. While Vasseur acknowledged that this falls short of their ambitions, he expressed satisfaction with the team’s progress in the second half of the year. They secured one race win and achieved five pole positions and five podium finishes along the way.
“I’m proud of how we responded as a team throughout the season,” Vasseur remarked proudly. “We faced challenges early on but rallied together and worked well as a group.”
The countdown begins for Ferrari enthusiasts eagerly awaiting glimpses of their new car ahead of its official release date during this special Valentine’s Day celebration. With high hopes and renewed determination, Scuderia Ferrari aims to impress once again when they hit the track for pre-season testing at Bahrain.