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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.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.