Ferrari chose their annual Wrooom event to make two official announcements for the 2013 season concerning the launch date of their car and signing Pedro de la Rosa as development driver.
The team have confirmed that they will launch their 2013 car on February 1, at the teams Maranello base.
The announcement made by Stefano Domenicali at the teams annual Wrooom event means it will launch its car the same day as Force India.
No name for the teams’ 2013 car has been announced but it means Ferrari will have their 2013 car ready for the first test in Jerez.
Ferrari will launch their 2013 car in February
Ferrari also chose to announce Pedro de la Rosa had signed a deal with the team to be one of its development drivers.
De la Rosa was left without a drive after his 2013 team HRT failed to find a buyer and was forced to close down.
The spaniard will join Marc Gene as development driver with Jules Bianchi remaining part of the outfit.
De la Rosa will join Ferrari as development driver
Amongst all of the official announcements from Ferrari there were a few interesting comments made by team principal Domenicali.
Domenicali reinforced that Sebastian Vettel would not be at the team in 2014 as rumours refuse to die down.
The Ferrari principal suggested that having both Alonso and Vettel at the team would be detrimental perhaps alluding to when Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were teammates at McLaren in 2007.
Domenicali suggested that the outfit needed to maximise its balance as a team also saying that Felipe Massa’s resurgence to form as the 2012 season came to an end would be a good motivation point for Alonso.
Ferrari also used the Wrooom event to admit that it is still pushing for Bianchi to secure a race seat in 2013.
Bianchi is said to be in contention for the second Force India seat and these comments seem to reveal why the team is yet to announce its line up for 2013.
Bianchi is in contention for a 2013 seat with Force India
Behind the decision is also Force India’s engine contract, with the teams current Mercedes contract ending this year the team is exploring its options for 2014, with Ferrari a possibility.
Despite Ferrari’s wish for Bianchi to secure a seat for this season Domencali admitted they had no further information.