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Ferrari to make Fiorano track debut on January 28

Ferrari’s 2011 car will be given its track debut on the day of its launch on January 28.

While most of the Italian team’s rivals will not get up to speed until the Valencia group test the following week, it has emerged that the Ferrari – currently known only by its codename 288 – will make an earlier debut at Fiorano.

It is believed Ferrari has received clearance for the 100km rollout for filming purposes, due to the debut of a new logo and livery.

Ferrari confirmed that the January 28 debut will take place “weather permitting”.

It is further believed that the driver at Fiorano will be Fernando Alonso, with team boss Stefano Domenicali confirming that the Spaniard will be at the wheel of the sole chassis a few days later at Valencia.

Only on the third day of the test will Felipe Massa get his first taste of the car, Domenicali also confirmed.

Meanwhile, Alonso on Wednesday brushed off any fears about a minor ankle injury by doing some skiing at the ‘Wrooom’ event in the Italian Dolomites.