- Title: ITALY: FERRARI LAUNCH THEIR 1996 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGER THE F310
- Date: 15th February 1996
- Summary: MARANELLO, MILAN, ITALY (FEBRUARY 15, 1996) 1. SV NEW FERRARI WHEELED OUT ONTO PODIUM (3 SHOTS) 0.25 2. SV CAMERAMEN 0.28 3. SCU MICHAEL SCHUMACHER 0.32 4. SCU EDDIE IRVINE 0.37 5. SV TEAM WITH TEST DRIVER NICOLA LARINI AND LUCA DI MONTEZEMOLO, FERRARI PRESIDENT 0.42 6. SCU CAR 0.46 7. SV SCHUMACHER AND IRVINE WITH GIANNI AGNELLI (WHITE HAIR) 0.50 8. GV PODIUM 0.56 9. SCU SCHUMACHER SPEAKING IN ENGLISH 1.21 10. SCU EDDIE IRVINE SPEAKING IN ENGLISH 1.49 11. SCU SCHUMACHER 1.52 12. SV SCHUMACHER AND IRVINE POSE WITH CAR ON TRACK, LARINI IN THE DRIVING SEAT 1.58 SEQUENCE 9 TRANSCRIPT: SCHUMACHER: "IF YOU ARE REALISTIC AND YOU SEE THAT FERRARI DIDN'T FINISH 13 TIMES LAST YEAR THEN IT WOULD BE TOO OPTIMISTIC AND UNREALISTIC TO SAY WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I WOULD LIKE TO FIGHT FOR A COUPLE OF VICTORIES. IF I COULD ACHIEVE THAT I WOULD BE PERFECTLY HAPPY. IF YOU GO BACK, FERRARI HAS WON TWO RACES IN THREE YEARS AND IF WE COULD WIN TWO OR THREE RACES IN ONE YEAR THEN IT WOULD BE A MAJOR SUCCESS." SEQUENCE 10 TRANSCRIPT: IRVINE: "I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CAR IS GOING TO BE LIKE. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC AND THERE IS NO REASON FOR IT NOT TO BE COMPETITIVE. RELIABILITY WE KNOW CAN BE A WEAK POINT OF OURS BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE ARE WORKING ON. FOR ME PERSONALLY THE AIM IS TO BE AS CLOSE TO MICHAEL'S EXHAUST PIPE AS POSSIBLE." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MARANELLO, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:02:00
- Story Text: Ferrari launched their 1996 world championship challenger, the F310 in Italy on Thursday (February 15), and from the front it looks more like a jet fighter than a motor racing car.
The sleek new model with stylish low front nose, designed by Briton John Barnard, was unveiled at a press conference in the Italian team's Maranello headquarters.
A confident Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo made clear his hope that the team would win at least three Grands Prix this season.
Fiat chairman and Ferrari major sharelholder Gianni Agnelli joined more than 500 journalists and the new team of Michael Schumacher of Germany, Ireland's Eddie Irvine and Italian test driver Nicola Larini.
Double world champion Michael Schumacher was not moved to change his belief that he would not win the drivers' title in his first season with his new team this year.
The former Benetton driver said: "I am not downplaying my chances. But I have to be realistic and we are starting something new here and I have a very high motivation.
"In fact, I spent four and a half years at Benetton and I felt quite empty. We'd achieved everything together and I needed a new motivation here," added Schumacher.
The first test is scheduled for Saturday (February 17) as part of Ferrari's preparations for the new season which starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 10.
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