After a media briefing at Fiorano, Ferrari on late Sunday published photos of its new car for next season — the ‘F2007’.
Also lurking in a Ferrari workshop at the nearby Maranello factory was retired seven time world champion Michael Schumacher, but he too kept a low profile.
Wearing a new livery and with the word ‘Marlboro’ dropped from its official title, Scuderia Ferrari officials admitted that the car will have new bodywork fitted for the start of the 2007 season.
Most of the colour white has now disappeared from Ferrari’s F1 paintjob, and communications brand ‘Alice’ has replaced the departed McLaren-bound sponsor Vodafone.
“Michael is in the workshop, having a look at the car,” team principal Jean Todt told reporters in Italy.
Media reports put the estimated cost of the new single seater at $170m.
F2007 is visually a conservative development of the impressive 2006 car, but a significant feature is all new and jointly Bridgestone-developed front suspension.