Alonso samples the F150 at Fiorano

Fresh from its launch, Ferrari’s 2011 car hit the track for the very first time in Italy on Friday afternoon, for promotional filming purposes. The honour of putting the F150 through its debut paces at the Italian team’s Fiorano test circuit was bestowed on Fernando Alonso.

The car was presented to the world’s media during a glitzy launch at Ferrari’s Maranello factory on Friday morning. Alonso was in attendance, alongside team mate Felipe Massa, team principal Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo and numerous other Maranello dignitaries.

Alonso will hand over the F150 to Massa on Saturday, who will take a turn in front of members of the team’s fan club. Debut runs over, the real test work will then begin in Spain next week, with both the Brazilian and the Spaniard expected in action during the first official pre-season session of the year at Valencia from February 1-3.