the new Formula 1 Ferrari
January 7, 1998 was the
great day: Ferrari's Formula 1 car for
the 1998 season was presented to the
expectant public - much earlier than in
previous years, by the way.
800 journalists from all
over the world had been invited to
Maranello to ensure that everyone on
earth interested in Formula 1 would know
on the very next day what Ferrari's new
war-horse looks like.
As usually, the presentation
once again had a surprise for the media:
the car's name.
In the weeks prior to the
launch, there had always been reports
about an "F310 C" which was to
be the adequate successor to the F310 and
the F310 B. Some sources even stated that
the new car was to be named
"649", related to the project's
factory-internal designation. But,
surprise, surprise: The 1998 Ferrari
Formula 1 is the F300.
The veil that covered the
car, which had been put on display in
front of the factory's new wind-tunnel,
was released by Michael Schumacher, Eddie
Irvine and Luca C. di Montezemolo. Later
on, Jean Todt and the new test-pilot Luca
Badoer also showed up at the event.
More photographs of the new
Ferrari F300 are to be seen at this site
in about one week.