Comments from Ferrari over the winter suggested that its new car would be radical, and unattractive. And that's exactly what's happened.
At first sight it's evidently a complete departure from the conservatism of the previous three cars. With its square-edged nose leading back to a complex roll-hoop and sweeping sidepods, the new Ferrari is unlike any other 2012 car seen so far.
With new rules limiting the height of the nose and the top of the chassis, Ferrari has pushed its bodywork right up to the regulatory maximum. This, allied to a rectangular-section bulkhead, makes the nose look spiky and awkward.