Ferrari reveal launch date; Ask Kimi your questions!
Ferrari are to reveal their 2014 car on January 25, the day after announcing the results of a competition to name it.
Starting on Wednesday, votes can be cast for one of five options – the F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616 – with the winner to be announced on Friday January 24 at 11am GMT.
Ferrari will give a first glimpse of the car by releasing photos the following day (at 1.30pm GMT), as well as “a series of multimedia tools that will outline its main technical characteristics”.
Much like their rivals, there will be no official reveal as such, with Ferrari instead set to wheel out their challenger at the first pre-season test, which starts at Jerez on January 28.
Lotus owner Gerard Lopez has moved to allay fears the Enstone based team is on the verge of collapse. When the FIA issued the official 2014 entry list recently, Lotus’ place was marked with a conspicuous asterisk, fuelling rumours of financial doom.
“We just had the wrong team name on the list, namely the one of two years ago,” Lopez told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport on Wednesday. “I can assure you — everything is still the same.”
Despite the reassurance, however, many wonder if the now-terminally delayed ‘Quantum’ buy-in has derailed Lotus, who have turned to the lucratively-backed Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado to replace unpaid Finn Kimi Raikkonen.
Lopez insists Raikkonen has now been “partly paid”. “He will get the rest,” he added.