A spokesman has denied reports that Ferrari will give its unnamed 2007 single seater a track debut on 16 January — the same day as the new Renault’s maiden test.
“No, it’s not true,” Ferrari’s head of the motor sport press office, Luca Colajanni, said from his office in Maranello.
The famous Italian squad’s veteran test driver Luca Badoer, meanwhile, said at Jerez on Thursday that retired seven world champion Michael Schumacher is keeping up to date with Ferrari’s pre-season progress.
“He receives in real time on his computer the information that we gather, and he can see at any moment the data from the telemetry,” the Italian told the sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I keep talking to him regularly, and because I know him well I am not at all surprised that he keeps on being interested in things.”
Badoer, however, insisted that it is “too soon” to expect Schumacher to test a red car in the near future.