Ferrari F2012 launch – first pictures and video of Ferrari’s 2012 F1 car

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Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012

Ferrari have revealed their 2012 F1 car in Maranello. The team’s latest challenger has been named the F2012.

After Fernando Alonso narrowly missed out on the championship in 2010, Ferrari endured a poor season by their standards last year. Alonso won just once and Felipe Massa never finished higher than fifth.

The team vowed to take a less conservative approach with their new car.

“The main changes when compared to 2011 concern the height of the front section of the chassis, the position of the exhaust pipes and the mapping for the electronic engine management,” said a statement released by the team.

“Practically every area of the car has been fundamentally revised, starting with the suspension layout: both the front and rear feature pull-rods, aimed at favouring aerodynamic performance and lowering the centre of gravity.

“The front wing is derived from the one introduced on the 150??? Italia in the final part of its racing life and has been evolved from there. Further evolutions are planned in this area for the opening races of the season.

Ferrari F2012

Ferrari F2012

“The nose has a step in it that is not aesthetically pleasing: with the requirement from the regulations to lower the front part, this was a way of raising the bottom part of the chassis as much as possible for aerodynamic reasons. The sides have been redesigned, through modifications to the side impact structures, the repositioning of the radiators and revisions to all aerodynamic elements.

“The lower part of the rear of the car is much narrower and more tapered, a feature achieved partly through a new gearbox casing and a relocation of some mechanical components. In recent years, the area of exhausts has been crucial in terms of car performance and much effort was expended on this front, based on changes to the regulations introduced this year. The rear wing is conceptually similar to the one used in 2011, but every detail of it has been revised and it is now more efficient.

“Naturally, it is still fitted with DRS (a drag reduction system,) which is operated hydraulically. The front and rear air intakes for the brakes have been redesigned and work was carried out in collaboration with Brembo to optimise the braking system.”

Heavy snow in Maranello forced the team to cancel their launch ceremony and scrap plans for a shakedown run on their Fiorano circuit.

Here are the first pictures of Ferrari’s new F1 car:

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257 comments on Ferrari F2012 launch – first pictures and video of Ferrari’s 2012 F1 car

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  1. Sherlock said on 3rd February 2012, 9:06

    Oh my…

    • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:30

      Exactly my response as well @Sherlock what a munter!

      But if its quick then Alonso and the Tifosi won’t mind one bit. Interesting that Ferrari seem to be angling their exhausts at the brake ducts. I got this impression from the weird exhausts on the MP4-27 as well. If the RB8 looks like this it might well be the first ‘must have’ of 2012.

      • peru-kowalsky said on 3rd February 2012, 14:59
        This comparative between this and last year is very interesting if some fans want to take a look.

        • sato113 (@sato113) said on 3rd February 2012, 16:38

          hang on a tick. i thought the new nose regulations were supposed to lower it? from the fron comparison, the 2012 ferrari actually has a higher nose than last year!

          • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 3rd February 2012, 18:41

            @sato113 the F2012; from the bump to the cockpit, is exactly the same height. From the bump forwards it’s lower.

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 3rd February 2012, 20:18

            @raymondu999 yes but the end of the nose is higher slightly. the rest doesnt matter. dont forget the new nose rules were introduced in order to stop cars flying up in the air if the nose hits a rear tyre of the car infront.

          • Raymond said on 3rd February 2012, 20:28

            @sato113 no it’s not. The F150 nose wouldn’t even be legal this year because it’s so high.

            Use the wheelnut as a reference point, and compare:

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th February 2012, 2:35

            @raymondu999 ok it’s not ‘slightly higher’ but both noses are roughly the same height. here’s the proof- something i knocked up on ms paint.


          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th February 2012, 2:37

            seems the 2011 ferrari nose wasn’t that high in the first place i guess.

          • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 4th February 2012, 3:19

            @sato113 You need to get your terms right. The “nose” is the bit that gets changed when someone breaks a front wing. The part between the driver and front wheels is known as the bulkhead. That is NOT changed (in terms of regs for 2012). Only the nose regs are changed.

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 4th February 2012, 13:06

            @raymondu999 I’ve been talking about the nose all along. I’ve been talking about the end of it (ie. the pointy bit which is the first body part to hit the rear tyre of a car infront). these new rules were made to lower that contact point (end of the nose) so that cars wouldn’t fly up in the air if they hit a rear tyre.

            what my arguement is is that the end of the nose on the new ferrari is barely lower than on the 2011 car.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th February 2012, 22:04

            @raymondu999, to me it seems that @satu113 is indeed right about the tip of the nosecone being slightly higher and the bottom of the nosecone being flatter and a tad higher than last year, probably because the nose section was shortened quite a bit and is now far wider and flatter in total (in front of the jump down from the bulkhead)

            That MARCA gallery with comparisons is really nice, its available in English as well! by the way.

          • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 5th February 2012, 7:48

            @sato113 I’ve re read a set of the 2011 tech regs again – and I see now. Ferrari’s start of the nose on the F150 was at max height; but they tapered the front off so that the nose tip had a more gentle transition to the nose. The tip and underside aren’t at absolute max height. I do apologize.

            Here’s a better way to compare the heights by the way.

            @keithcollantine you might also be interested in that link – it’s the slider comparing thing; fantastic for making direct comparisons.

        • Bleeps_and_Tweaks (@bleeps_and_tweaks) said on 3rd February 2012, 19:43

          @peru-kowalsky great find!

          That slider thing is really useful. It’s interesting to see that both Ferrari and Mclaren have angled their sidepods so that there is a small channel towards the rear wing – obviously a similar concept, if a lot smaller, as the U-pods last year.

        • Very good link, thanks; awesome comparation with the cursor!

        • Very cool that they put together that comparison, but I’m a bit confused: the wheelbase looks longer from the side, but shorter from the top.

          Anyone know if the wheelbase has changed at all, and if so, in what direction?

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th February 2012, 22:07

            I doubt they would have changed the wheelbase much, maybe a bit of finetuning due to going for a different suspension but that’s it (weight distribution stays unchanged, but Ferrari did have a bit of a problem with the tyres, so they might have done a small shift)

      • Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 3rd February 2012, 22:57

        I think there’ll be two trends this year, as I read on ScarbsF1. One is to angle the exhausts as low as possible creating an area of downforce around the brake ducts, which is far from compensating blown diffusers, but is still something. Another, more classical, is to angle them high aiming for the lower piece of the rear wing, creating some downforce there but risking the structure there, something which used to happen years before (See Ralph Firman crash at Hungaroring 2003). I’d go for the brakes solution, seems to have a double advantage (aerodynamics and refrigeration)

      • You are right, if it’s quick then I couldn’t care less. Funny thing is, the nose has already grown on me, in the same way that high rear wings don’t even look weird anymore.

        I think you are definitely right about the exhaust exit, they are going into the fins where the brake duct is. Surprised more teams aren’t doing it. Supposedly it is difficult because it is near to the cooling duct but I don’t see why, I imagine the hot exhaust gases move so quickly that they don’t deviate much.

    • GARY ALLEN said on 3rd February 2012, 16:29

      Didn’t know Ferrari hired stone masons to design the car…

  2. Martin said on 3rd February 2012, 9:08

    Hahah someone hit it with the ugly stick.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:18

      they said it was going to be ugly… and they were just damn right! this is seriously ugly!

      The ugliest car I’ve ever seen since I watch F1, certainly.

      Now the Caterham doesn’t look too bad and the McLaren looks epic…

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 3rd February 2012, 11:25

        I never thought aesthetics were important for F1, allthough naturally I do enjoy pretty cars. However, what strikes me most isn’t the fact that this is ugly (it is), but that every fibre in my body wants to tell me that this can’t be the best solution when talking about aerodynamics.

        I do believe that at least the smoother Force India version must be better, and that McLaren probably figured out how to do it properly. I can’t possibly imagine how a formula car, smashing its forehead into the wind like this can be aerodynamically efficient.

    • rpiian (@rpiian) said on 3rd February 2012, 13:19

      I think it just looks mean. Better than Caterham and Force India IMO.

  3. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:08

    Are Ferrari aware that someone nicked their car and replaced it with a combine harvester?

  4. Alehud42 said on 3rd February 2012, 9:08

    Duck Bill 2-1 Decent Car Design

  5. matt88 (@matt88) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:09

    argh… the nose is horrible, but this was expected

  6. explosiveface (@explosiveface) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:09

    Whoa. I mean, just… Wow.

  7. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:09


    Oh my goodness. I never thought I’d be one to care about how F1 cars look, but that is one crooked conk! I wonder what Enzo would’ve made of it…

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:00

      When they showed pictures of the nose a couple of weeks ago, I thought that was just schematically showing the boundaries of the new rules. Turns out its not :-(

      But its not the ugliest Ferrari F1 car built (just look at this one)., although it would certainly make it into the top 10.

      Interesting, they point the exhaust outlet towards the rear wheel ducts/vanes. Lets see what happens with it in testing then.
      Also interesting to note that with the exhaust outlet, the backside of the sidepods is not much different from last years McLaren with the U-shaped channels.

    • bananarama (@bananarama) said on 3rd February 2012, 10:21

      After more than 60 years the red goddess decided to have cosmetic surgery .. and it turned out like most old divas.

      I’m already kind of getting used to it though.

    • Rocky (@rocky) said on 3rd February 2012, 12:24

      It has Alonso’s Nose. The ugly duckling.

  8. Spawinte (@spawinte) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:10

    Good lord. F1F crashing in 3….2….1…..

  9. bearforce1 (@bearforce1) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:11

    It has a witchypoo nose.. why lord why…

  10. I have to admit, I did flinch slightly as that nose was revealed. The flat red Livery does not flatter it.

  11. VaVaVoom said on 3rd February 2012, 9:12

    i think its awesome!

  12. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:12


  13. BBT (@bbt) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:13

    Quicker than on there own site.

    ^ Championship winning car ^, RBR and Mclaren will have to fight for 2nd

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:18

      It’s all relative.. Mclaren have gone for a better looking car, it’s aerodynamic superiority is yet to be assessed. Ferrari have said they’ve gone for an aggressive design, and it certainly looks a lot more agressive than Caterham’s nose.
      All that’s left is to see what Mercedes can produce, and what RBR’s pet Newey can come up with!

  14. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:14

    i like it different but it was expected same with the force india

  15. JPedroCQF1 (@joao-pedro-cq) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:15

    Oh my god, my eyes!

    I kind of like the sidepods but that nose…. that’s horrendous!

  16. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:15

    The nose is the only bit I don’t really like. Other than that, it’s not a bad looking car! Still, I preferred the F150 Italia thing or whatever it was called.

  17. Macca (@macca) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:15

    It looks like Kim Kardashian, great rear but horrendous nose.

  18. jodrell (@jodrell) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:16

    I think that even worse than the Caterham…very aggressive step and a really flat nose forward of the step. #eeewwwwwwwww

  19. callum (@095cal) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:17

    Domenicali wasn’t lying :D

  20. Girts (@girts) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:17


    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 3rd February 2012, 9:53

      In the sense that is so clearly the worse, most blocky, and extreme way the 2012 rules allow the nose, it is as if they wanted to make a point? It could almost be magnificent in its brutality, I guess.

      Having now seen a shot from the front, they do clearly get a lot of air under it though, quite impressive.

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