The name of Ferrari’s 2013 car has finally been unveiled. The F138 was previously only referred to as the '664' -- its working project title. Ferrari’s car last year was aptly named F2012 but it was speculated that the successor won’t be named F2013. That’s because Fernando Alonso wasn’t able to win the title with the conventionally numbered '12'.
There’s also still the unlucky number stigma attached to the number 13. Last Wednesday, Ferrari released an explanation for the name, saying that the 2013 car is named F138 with respect to the year ('13) and the eight cylinders in the engine. It should be noted that 2013 is the last year of F1's long-established normally aspirated V8 rules, before the extensive change to turbo V6s for 2014 and beyond.
Ferrari said that part of the reason for the '8' in the 2013 car is to mark that this will be the final year that the V8 engine configuration will be used in F1. The F138 is slated to be launched this Friday at Maranello. McLaren's MP4-28 will be introduced this Thursday at Woking.
On the day of Ferrari’s launch, Force India's VJM06 will be unveiled at Silverstone before Sauber's C32 debuts on Saturday at Hinwil. Red Bull's RB9 will appear at Milton Keynes the next day while Mercedes will launch the W04 at Jerez before its debut test action. Caterham will launch the CT03 as the engines are started at Jerez. Williams' new FW36 won’t be seen until the second test, at Barcelona, while Marussia has yet to declare when it will unveil the 2013 car.