Ferrari F138 launch – first pictures and video

2013 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari F138, 2013

The Ferrari F138 has been launched by the team in Maranello.

Ferrari retain their driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa for the fourth year in a row as it bids to taste championship success for the first time since 2008.

Team principal Stefano Domenicali described the car as an “evolution” of the car which the team raced in 2012 and said it represented the “first step” in the team’s development for this year.

The F138 was developed under the internal code name 664 and is the first product of the team’s technical reorganisation.

The car retains the pull-rod front and rear suspension used on last year’s car. According to the team the car’s bodywork has been redesigned to improve its aerodynamic performance – a key weakness of recent Ferraris.

The F138’s Kinetic Energy Recovery System has been revised and lightened. However Ferrari stressed they are keen to repeat the high levels of reliability they enjoyed with the F2012.

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  1. Other than the nose and exhaust area this looks incredibly close to last years car. The livery changes are great, not my favourite Ferrari ever (I’d love to see a 2007-2009 style all red car again if they have the sponsors to allow it) but it’s a nice change.

  2. The front shot (last image) looks sick! like a big opened mouth waiting to eat someone! Looks like they will have pretty good airflow from that…

    1. The front shot (last image) looks sick! like a big opened mouth waiting to eat someone!


  3. The nose looks very high: it seems like they have used the modesty panel to make the car even higher, as suggested by Scarbs. The front wing looks already like an evolution of the old wing with the 6 cascades. Pull rod suspension, like their old car and now McLaren’s car. Remarkably the sidepod inlets look the same as on the old car, though they could have decided to not show that on the launch car. They’ve also got the same exhaust as last year. At first glance, I would say that it looks much much slimmer than the old car at the rear.

    Most significant change looks to be the rear wing. Apart from a revised DRS activation system, they cut the rear wing endplates into a multiple elements. I have never seen that before, nice!

    1. Yeah the nose using the modesty panel was the first thing I saw, but also fascinated by their interpretation of the rear wing slots there. It makes sense, but since they had the slots on the section below there for a few seasons, wondering why it’s taken them this long to get up the sides… maybe they found a loop-hole finally to let them up the full length?

      Nice car!

    2. Just did a quick comparison with the old car: the sidepods shape is almost exactly the same as last year. I have to get back to the slimness of the rear: I’ve been tricked a little by that, that is also very similar to last year, maybe a tiny bit slimmer. All in all I would say I’m surprised about the level of detail on the front and rear wing and that looks very nice, but aerodynamically it is not that different from last year’s car.

  4. Im not a big fan of it, I preferred last years nose and front end, it looked like a beast.

    1. @mattynotwo u r probably the only person in the world who liked the step nose

      1. i liked it too.

  5. This is the best looking Ferrari in years, since 2001 in my opinion.

  6. That curve in the livery on the front wing support looks a bit awkward …

  7. Didn’t think I’d be saying this after last year, but Ferrari is currently the best looking car for 2013, patiently waiting on all the other new cars to change that thought though

  8. Its a minger! Sorry guys, no offence intended. It just doesn’t do it for me! Totally underwhelmed!

  9. Of the three cars unveiled so far this has got to be the best looking and I like the fact that Ferrari have used the modesty panel. A massive improvement on last years car, here’s hoping that it can push Red Bull all the way and not just at the beginning of the season.

  10. Looks brilliant! Good job Ferrari.

  11. cutter than lotus and mclaren! incredible!

  12. My fave so far it looks fanatastic to me.

  13. Wow, that’s one sexy beast! I didn’t expect that.

  14. Pains me to say it but.. What a beaut.


  16. I always thought the modesty panel was just gonna be a sloped piece that you could “bolt-on” over the step to make it look like no so much of a drop & more of a slope with the nosecone. To me this just looks like they’re using a thick (or tall or fat or whatever you want to call it) nose cone. IDK maybe I just interpreted what the the FIA meant by modesty panel.

    Somebody mentioned about the curve of the white/black stripe on the front-wing supports, I think it’s done like that so when on-track (or not a static closeup picture) it looks as if those big pylons are skinny ones instead.

  17. Sviatoslav Andrushko (@)
    1st February 2013, 10:01

    The very best!!! It’s the first time since 2008 when I like Ferrari car most. Presumably, it’s because they got rid of that ridiculous nose. I love it!

  18. vuelve kowalsky
    1st February 2013, 10:08

    i hope alonso can win with this one. vettel must leave something for the rest. I am starting to feel like during the schumacher era. ****** off big time.

  19. I’d agree with @prisonermonkeys and say the curve at the front looks a little awkward. It’s be awesome if it just carried on in a line! But the whole thing is growing on me the more and more I look at it. It’s actually quite hard getting used to straight noses again!

    1. @electrolite and @prisoner-monkeys

      I have to say that curve really lets down what is otherwise a very nice livery. It’s lazy livery design attempting to join the red front wing to the rest of the car, but it’s working to highlight and so clashes badly with the boxy angular nature of the leading edge of the front wing support, when it should be hiding it, making the red nose look pointed. If the supports were all black and the white line continued around the point of the nose (or just under) to join up with the other side, it would nicely hide the blunt nose side profile, then just paint a white line where the black support joins the red wing, and you’d have a fantastic looking paint job.

  20. I love it.

    Hopefully it’ll bring a lot of cheer for us this year!

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