Ferrari set to launch 2017 Formula 1 car on February 24

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Ferrari is set to launch its new car ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season on February 24, as revealed by marque president Sergio Marchionne.

Marchionne confirmed at his annual pre-Christmas media lunch that the 2017 car would get its first run at Fiorano, Ferrari’s test track in Italy, on February 24 for a filming day, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The first pre-season test is set to take place on February 27 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, with all 11 teams set to make an appearance.

Teams will enjoy eight days of collective running in Barcelona (February 27 – March 2, March 7-10) before the start of the new season in Australia on March 26.

Ferrari finished the 2016 season third in the constructors’ championship with the SF16-H car, going without victory for the second time in three years.

“In 2016 we were made a fool of by saying that we had caught Mercedes,” Marchionne said.

“Then, after the strategic error at the first race in Australia, we went on a declining trend. The real problem was that we had not improved. Red Bull did instead.

“Now we wait for 2017. I am sure the results will come, otherwise I will answer you and you can criticize me.”