Ferrari has introduced the F138 – its Formula One car for the 2013 season. The F138 name is a combination of the year and its use of V8 engines, which would be used for the last time this year. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were present at the launch. Joining them were team principal Stefano Domenicali and Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.
The F138 looks to be a subtle evolution of the car last year. It’s a lot like the newly presented McLaren MP4-28 because of the minor regulation revisions from last season. Specifically, Ferrari has decided to remove the ‘duck bill’ stepped nosecone and had that replaced with a flush panel that’s sleeker. The F138 keeps the iconic blood-red livery of Ferrari.
The F138 gets a nearly two-tone effect due to the new black detailing towards the underside. Ferrari is relying on the F138 to get a title for the first time in four years. The last time that Ferrari won the constructors’ championship was in 2008. Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel when he won the drivers’ championship in 2007 for Ferrari.
The F138 was unveiled together with two of Ferrari’s current road car line-up -- the F12 Berlinetta and the mid-engined 458 Spider. Montezemolo also said that he was eager to emphasize the link between the F1 programme and road car research and development.