Scuderia Ferrari will debut its 2017 Formula 1 car during a pre-season test at its Firoano circuit in Maranello, Italy.
Ferrari said during its annual Christmas media event today its new F1 car, codenamed ‘668’, will run during two filming days at Fiorano just three days ahead of F1 winter testing at Barcelona. The Italian team is the first F1 squad to divulge information on its 2017 entry.
F1 is undergoing a rule change in 2017 that will see cars adopt a 200mm wider track, a 150mm wider front wing and a 200mm wider and 150mm lower rear wing. Pirelli has also developed new 305mm section front tires and 405mm rear tires, up from 245mm and 245mm in 2016. With these revisions and other changes to the aerodynamic formula, the FIA estimates cars will be three seconds a lap faster in 2017.
Ferrari was one of three teams that participated in 2017 tire tests throughout 2016. The automaker’s tire test mule was based on its 2015 F1 car, the SF15-T, and wore the wider Pirelli tires, a wider front wing and a lower and wider rear wing. The data allocated from the test is to be examined by Pirelli and distributed amongst the teams in the interest of fairness.