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'Balance will produce the fastest car' - Costa

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Aldo Costa: 'For a car that wins you need a balanced approach' © Sutton Images
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Ferrari's technical director Aldo Costa has played down fears the new Ferrari is too conservative when compared to its rivals.

Among the new class of 2011 are the new McLaren, with radically shaped sidepods, the Renault with front-exiting exhausts, Williams' ultra-low rear and small gearbox, and the double-floor of the new Toro Rosso.

"I think the fastest car will be the one with the best performance balance between aerodynamics, the mechanical side and reliability," Costa told L'Equipe. "If you attempt something extreme in one area, you might pay in another, so for a car that wins you need a balanced approach."

He also revealed that Ferrari's F150 will evolve between now and the first race of the season in Bahrain. "Mechanically, the car will be almost complete at Jerez [this week], but from an aerodynamic standpoint, there are still a lot of changes coming.

"More than an extreme approach, we are seeking a productive approach and ultimately it will be the lap times that will make the verdict."