Ferrari unveiled the first images of its F14-T online today, and inevitably the new car’s distinctive nose has already attracted a lot of attention.
Chad Reed heard the whispers and read the stories about how he was washed up as a motocross rider. As his winless streak grew, the 31-year-old Aussie began to wonder if it was indeed time to park his bike for good.
Everything changed with last weekend’s win in Anaheim, Calif.
Pulling ahead late in a wild race filled with crashes and numerous lead changes, Reed won for the first time since 2012, ending a 22-race winless streak and giving him the boost of confidence he needed.
Gerard Lopez took over as the team principal of Lotus on Friday as a replacement for Eric Boullier, fueling widespread media reports that the Frenchman is on the move to Formula One rival McLaren.
Lopez will combine his new role with his previous position of co-chairman at Lotus, which had a strong season on the track last year despite financial problems off it.
Nico Rosberg gave the new Mercedes W05 its first shakedown laps at Silverstone on Friday, prior to the car’s official launch at Jerez on Tuesday morning.
“The new F1 W05, powered by the PU106A Hybrid Power Unit, opened a new era of Formula One at 14:21 this afternoon when it left the garage for the first time in cold but dry conditions at Silverstone,” the team said in a statement. “Driven by Nico Rosberg, the car completed a total of 40 km before dusk at 16:30.”
Ferrari says that its new car will be named F14 T after an online ballot received over a million responses.
“It’s nice to know the name of the car has been chosen by our fans,” said team boss Stefano Domenicali. “The amazing number of votes shows just how popular Ferrari has always been and this will be, as always, a further impetus for us to do well this year.”
Ferrari says that there were a total of 1,123,741 votes. The winning margin was 19,104 or 1.7%, with F166 Turbo just losing out. Third was F14 Scuderia, followed by F14 Maranello and F616.
The car will be launched online on Saturday. Cynics have been quick to point out that the name can also easily be read as ‘FIAT’…