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Ferrari sets launch date for 2018 Formula 1 car

Scuderia Ferrari will launch its new Formula 1 car for the 2018 season on February 22 next year.

Ferrari confirmed the unveiling date for the to-be-named 2018 F1 car at its annual Christmas dinner in Maranello earlier this week, and is the first team to set out its launch plans.

As has been tradition in recent years, Ferrari will launch its new car via an online presentation, with a private shakedown also set to take place at its Fiorano test track.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will then complete a first extended run with the new car at the first collective pre-season test for F1 teams in Barcelona that starts on February 26.

Teams are expected to launch their cars in the week leading up to the first test, with some set to roll out the new models in the pit lane in Barcelona on the eve of opening day of running.