Pre-season testing with new cars is going to be even more important in 2009 than in other years, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says.

Pre-season testing with new cars is going to be even more important in 2009 than in other years, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali says.

Due to the sweeping technical rule changes taking effect this year, in combination with the new total ban on in-season testing, the Italian chief insists that teams' relative competitiveness prior to the season opener in Australia is going to be more relevant than in the recent past.

"I think the crucial factor will be being competitive right from the start since we can't evolve during the season," he told reporters at the Madonna di Campiglio ski resort for the annual 'Wrooom' media event.

Ferrari's newly-launched F60 car will go head-to-head with some of its main rivals' new machines for the first time at the Portimao circuit in Portugal next week.

Official drivers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen will both be in action.

"Starting with the test in Portimao we will compare ourselves with the other teams," Domenicali confirmed.

 

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