Ferrari yesterday launched their new car, the F150, named in tribute to the fact that this year is the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.
Team-mates Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were on hand to pull the red silk wrap from the chassis of the new challenger at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters – where it was made very clear that nobody has failed to take on board the lessons of last season's final race in Abu Dhabi, when tactical blunders effectively cost Alonso the drivers' title.
"I'm really motivated, really excited," said Alonso. "Last year was an incredible one for me. I discovered a wonderful team, one that was really passionate for a new driver. This car is the fruit of many months of hard work from the people at Ferrari.
"Now we have to commit completely to what we do – and we are ready, we are up for the challenge."