Domenicali: 2012 Ferrari isn’t pretty

Ferrari’s 2012 car is not attractive, bosses of the famous Italian team hinted this week at the Madonna di Campiglio winter media event.

Having failed to win the championship since 2007 and finishing a distant third behind Red Bull and McLaren last season, Ferrari has taken an aggressive approach to the development of this year’s machine, codenamed 663.

“It’s definitely different,” team boss Stefano Domenicali told journalists on Wednesday when asked about the car that will be unveiled next month. “It’s not that pretty, because the shape defined by the technical regulations does not leave much scope, but – and this is what counts really – our hopes are that it is at the very least quick.”

Depending on the weather, the car will make its track debut during a short shakedown on 3 or 4 February at Ferrari’s own Fiorano test track.

Asked about Domenicali’s news about the physical appearance of the single seater, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo replied: “I’d like it to look lousy. I say that provocatively because I want it to be a winner, reliable but also ‘simpatico’ in the sense that it knows how to win with a smile.”