Ferrari has taken the unusual step of reaching out to the public thru social networking (Twitter) and asking the fans to name the 2014 Formula One car, with an online poll offering five different choices.
The options to choose from to name the 2014 Formula One car are F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo and lastly, F616. All these selections reflect either the year of 2014 or a reference to the 1.6-liter V6 engine that will be used for the 2014 Formula One racing season. Early voting results show the main front runners to be F166 Turbo and F14 T.
The car itself will be unveiled on January 25.
The Ferrari Driver Academy is about to start the inaugural Florida Winter Series. This program is being created to remedy the issue of having a lack of suitable weather at European tracks in the winter. Other manufactures run a winter series to include Toyota who runs an off-season series in New Zealand.
The Ferrari Driver Academy is training program designed to give aspiring drivers more seat time and opportunities to develop their skills. The Florida Winter Series will act as more of a developmental program than a competitive championship. The Florida Winter Series will consist of 15 aspiring drivers behind the wheel of the Tatuus Formula Abarth FA010B, this open-wheel racer comes equipped with a 195 horsepower engine furnished by Fiat Powertrain Technologies. Engineers will be assigned to cars with a ratio of one engineer per three cars in the series.
The series will consist of 5 events with 3 of these events being held at the Homestead Motor Speedway, the other two events will take place at Sebring and Palm Beach. FDA chief and former Formula One engineer Luca Baldisseri will be the Florida Winter Series supervisor. Young talent from several different open wheel series are expected to attend to include Ferrari prodigy Jules Bianchi, F3 champ Raffaele Marciello and Formula Renault winner Antonio Fuoco.