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Here is the press release on the new F2005:

In stark contrast to the sunshine that awaits the world of Formula 1 in Melbourne in a few days time, Maranello snow provided the backdrop to the unveiling of the car that will carry Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’s hopes of retaining the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship titles this year. The F2005 will not be making the trip to Australia, as Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello will start the year at the wheel of the F2004 M, the modified version of last year’s car. This will allow extra time for development and track testing of the new car and its 055 engine, prior to its debut after the first few grands prix.

With the car presentation taking place so near to the start of the year, it was a more low key and traditional launch than those of the past few years. Ferrari Managing Director Jean Todt started the proceedings by calling President Luca di Montezemolo, Schumacher, Barrichello and test drivers Luca Badoer and Marc Gene to pull the wraps off the new car, which technical director, Ross Brawn later described as the “best we have built to date.”

“As always, this is an emotional moment, as we see the car that will defend the colours of this company in the forthcoming championship,” began Todt. “The Ferrari team is on great form and we want to repeat the successes of the past few years. We want to maintain our position and I would say I will to win is even stronger now.” The Frenchman went on to thank all the team’s suppliers and sponsors...

Ross Brawn then explained all the changes on the car, the majority as a result of the new technical and sporting regulations introduced for 2005. “Obviously, the biggest changes concern the aerodynamics, with a raised a front wing, the rear one moved further inboard, and the floor and diffuser also undergoing modifications,” explained the Englishman. “In addition there have been various safety improvements.”

Brawn felt that the rule banning tyre changes during the grands prix would make for interesting racing. “It will revive something of the old F1,” he commented. “The ability to run a set of tyres for the whole race will be a key factor and make for fascinating and spectacular racing.”

Brawn also touched on the organisation of the team: “Last year we began a process of renewal and Aldo Costa is now overseeing the design and development of the car, while Rory Byrne has what could be called a more “paternal” role. But all the changes have gone through smoothly, without causing any shocks, as they have all taken place within the Ferrari philosophy that characterises our team.”

After Rory Byrne and Paolo Martinelli had gone into more detail about the technical changes to chassis and engine, Montezemolo brought the official part of the presentation to a close, with a typically stirring speech, thanking everyone in the team and the company for their efforts.

ROSS BRAWN - 'I am extremely proud of this car'

Once more, for 2005, we have a series of new regulations. There have been several bodywork changes to reduce the aerodynamic downforce. The front wing is raised, the rear wing is moved forward, and the dimensions of the floor have changed resulting in a 15% reduction in downforce. There have also been improvements in crash structures, wheel tethers and the introduction of anti-debris construction to critical parts of the bodywork, all designed to improve safety.
The engine must now complete 2 race meetings which as well as the technical challenge, bring an interesting logistical challenge to use the engine properly for two races. We now have only one set of tyres for qualifying and the race. This will be an important aspect of the races in 2005. The driver and team that use their tyres intelligently will prosper and I believe this will revive a past element to Formula One – the need to manage your tyres for the whole race. The latter part of the races will be fascinating and, more importantly, highly entertaining.

I mentioned last year that we had begun the process of succession at Ferrari and this continues. Aldo Costa has the main responsibility for the design and development of this car. He is ably supported by Marco Fainello, Vehicle Dynamics and John Iley, Aerodynamics. Tiziano Battistini has taken Aldo’s previous role of Design Office Manager. Rory has been a ‘fatherly’ figure in this transition and he remains as committed as always, but now in a different role.

This transition has been extremely smooth and seamless because Rory and Aldo and the rest of the technical team, chassis and engine, share the same philosophies, the Ferrari philosophies, the philosophies they have created together and the philosophies of our team. Our beliefs of what makes a good racing car.

There are no radical features of this car but logical progressions in all the areas that we feel make a good racing car. It is stiffer, lighter, more stable, and, most importantly with the new tyre regulations, it should be less stressful on the tyres.

The transmission is a further progression, now utilising more carbon in the structure to improve stiffness and reduce weight.

I am extremely proud of this car and the work of the teams involved, design, manufacturing, assembly and logistics. I am not afraid to again say that I think it is the best car we have produced ...so far.

I mentioned the requirements for the tyres for 2005 and again, our partnership with Bridgestone will be crucial. The new technologies required means that at the present time there is an extremely steep learning curve. Undoubtedly our opposition have the benefit of numbers at this stage. Our calculations show that Bridgestone and Ferrari have only been able to complete less than 20% of the mileage in testing than the Michelin teams at this stage. But we believe in quality as well as quantity and with the support of Bridgestone we believe our partnership will succeed.

Other critical technical partnerships for 2005 will include Shell, particularly for the extra demands placed on engine mileage, Brembo with whom we have developed an innovative braking system, Magneti Marelli, Sachs, SKF, and BBS. All of these companies have made a huge commitment to the Ferrari Formula One programme, and they share in our successes and failures. The introduction of the new regulations, which due to the intransigence of several teams, were announced with some delay, meant that we did not have enough time to do the job we wanted to do.

The new regulations, aerodynamics, tyres, etc, brought different demands and we decided we needed more time. The addition of the extra GPs, totalling 19 for 2005, meant that mid season updates would be more difficult and it also meant a long season with opportunities to catch up if we made a slow start. We therefore made the decision to start the season with a modified version of the 2004 car and introduce this car after a few races. We believe it is the correct decision, even if the beginning of the year may be a little frustrating.

We will begin testing the F2005 next week with Luca Badoer. Michael and Rubens will drive the car after Malaysia. Marc Gene has brought an extra depth to our team and we are delighted he has joined us. His technical feedback and contribution has been excellent and he will heavily involved with the tyre test programme.

In my opinion, we are facing one of the most interesting and challenging seasons for some years. The change of regulations will definitely split the field, particularly at the beginning of the season, and the one tyre rule will bring a fascinating element to the races.

As always, we cannot guarantee success, we can only guarantee that we will try our best.

PAOLO MARTINELLI - 'An engine designed to reach our targets for 2005 season'

The new F1 engine – a 90 degree V10 – which will be used for the forthcoming championship, fitted to the F2005 is called the 055.
To comply with the new regulations, that stipulate the use of just one engine per car for two races, engine life must once again be doubled, compared with the previous year: we have thus moved from 400 km in 2003 to 700 km last year and now our target is 1400 km. Furthermore, it will be imperative to have performance stability over the entire period of engine life (as engine usage will run to the end of the second race.)

The 055 engine began life as an evolution of its predecessor (called the 053.) A great deal of work in terms of design and experimentation was and will be focussed as a priority, on meeting and maintaining the necessary reliability for this new mission profile. One has to taken into consideration that for many of the engine’s internal parts, especially those that move, the 1400 km range is a severe test that conflicts with maintaining performance.

Therefore, most of the engine components have been redesigned and effectively optimised to meet the new targets. The engine will be adapted in terms of “mapping” as a function of the various requirements during the season (I mean for example, the demands of various circuits that come up on the 2005 F1 calendar and the different weather conditions we can expect.)
The 055 engine design project had to meet the following technical demands:
reliability extended to around 1400 km – as already explained – while maintaining necessary levels of performance and driveability;
consolidating strong integration with the design of the car, which has led to a functional optimisation of layout of the engine and its accessories.

The 055 can only be fitted to the new F2005 car.
As for its structural characteristics: the block, heads and other minor castings have been strengthened without any appreciable increase in weight. All moving components are new to cope with the extended life. The Marelli engine control unit has also evolved to meet the 2005 requirements, with new electronic components. It also proved necessary to develop a new fuel and above all, a new lubricant, with invaluable support from Shell, that provides exceptional stability and engine protection.
In terms of performance development, work will go on throughout the season, with evolutionary steps already planned in the programme.
The team of Ferrari engine engineers continues, through the stability of the group, to grow in experience and responsibility, both in design and development (with a strong team of specialists in all areas: combustion, dynamics, bench testing etc.,) and in the running of the engine on the track.
Our engine department has a long history, but it is always heavily orientated towards innovation and improvement in terms of product and work methods. The organisation has been adapted to meet the new aims of the 2005 season.
It is impossible for me to mention here all those involved, but I want to single out Gilles Simon, who was in charge of design, as indeed he was for the previous V10. Supporting him on the development side will be Lorenzo Sassis. Track and reliability testing of the engine will be supervised by Noel Cavey and the race engines will be run by Mattia Binotto. The support of our technology-production side (which we call Meccanica GES) and quality control is also fundamental. It is under the leadership (not just on the engine side) of Mario Almondo.
Finally, no power figure is revealed, but, without wishing to sound repetitive, I can guarantee that again this year, all Ferrari’s engine crew will work methodically and with determination to ensure there is “sufficient” horsepower, delivered in “driveable” and “reliable” manner to reach our targets for the 2005 F1 championship. All that remains is to wish all our partners and suppliers a successful year and Forza Ferrari!

RORY BYRNE: 'The best ever Ferrari Formula 1 car'

Although the fundamental design philosophy of the F2005 is the same as previous cars, the changes in bodywork regulations have meant that we have also had to maximise downforce in order to recover as much as possible of the 25% we lost initially.
Changes to regulations which now require only one set of tyres to be used for two qualifying session and the race have meant we have had to consider tyre life as well as performance so, as usual, many areas of the car have had to be fundamentally revised in order to make a step in performance.

I will explain in more details:

1) Aerodynamics
The areas directly affected by the new regulations, eg wings and diffuser, are obviously all new but even radiator, exhaust and gearbox layouts have been fundamentally revised to optimise the aerodynamics. In addition, there are several development items planned to be introduced during testing in the next month so when it first races it will look differently in some areas to the car you see here.

2) Transmission
While the transmission internals have been further optimised, the casing is completely new, both in terms of its shape to optimise the aerodynamics and its method of construction and use of materials. A prototype has been successfully tested in the F2004.

3) Chassis
The chassis is completely new, both in terms of shape, which is a result of the aerodynamic development programme, and in terms of materials used and design of the structure, in order to achieve a weight saving in spite of the increased side penetration requirements for 2005.

4) Suspensions, steering and brakes
Both front and rear suspensions have been further optimised to maximise performance and minimise wear of the Bridgestone tyres. A fundamentally revised power steering system to enhance driver control in transient conditions will be tested shortly. More effort than ever before has been spent on optimising the braking system in order to improve the driver use and modulation of the brakes during qualifying and the various stages of the race.

5) Electronics
For the first time, a Ferrari designed and developed data acquisition system has been installed in the F2005 in order to greatly enhance the data acquisition and processing. A prototype of the system has been successfully tested on the F2004.

Aldo Costa has been responsible for the entire F2005 project and I would like to congratulate him and his team who have carried out the research, structural calculation and design of the car and met all the objectives we defined at the start of the project.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone at the Gestione Sportiva for their contribution in producing the best ever Ferrari Formula 1 car.
 

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That car is sure to bring yet another F1 victory.

What is the record in F1 for the most consecutive wins and what team has it? Is Ferrari about to set a record or have they already done so?
 
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