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Ferrari unveils new simulator

Marc Gene in the Ferrari simulatorFerrari has finally caught up with some of its rivals after unveiling its new Formula 1 simulator in Maranello.

Although a number of other F1 teams have used simulators to improve their competitiveness over recent years, Ferrari has not had use of its own dedicated facility so far.

However, following two years of development in co-operation with Moog, Ferrari's own simulator has now been officially opened at its Italian base.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said: "It's an important day for us as the completion of this project means we will now be able to tackle with confidence some of the challenges that make up modern-day Formula 1, while putting Ferrari at the cutting edge in terms of this technology,"

“Furthermore, I am pleased that such a complex project as this, which got underway around two years ago, has been completed on schedule thanks to the efforts of all those who worked on it."

The simulator is housed in a two-storey building - which includes both the aluminium and composite car structure as well as the control room.

The driver is sat in front of five displays, which offers him a view of greater than 180-degrees. Andrea Bertolini was the first man to try out the new simulator at the opening ceremony.

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