Monday 6th February 1995
The Ferrari 412 T2 was introduced by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. Designed by John Barnard and Gustav Brunner, the car’s design was largely influenced by major regulation changes imposed by the FIA after the dreadful events during the year before: the V12 engine was reduced from 3.5 to 3.0 litre, while new side protection structures were added around the driver’s helmet. The aerodynamics were revised with the sides shortened to fit the radiators and other accessories, while front and rear wings were also changed to reduce downforce according to the new regulations. The T stood for Transverse, as the gearbox was mounted in this way, improving rear-end weight distribution.
This car was a step ahead compared to previous year’s 412 T1, but still not able to bring Ferrari back into the fight for the title. Jean Alesi won in Canada: Alesi and Berger were also successful on other races, conquering 73 points for a third place in the Constructors’ standings.
Both Alesi and Berger moved to Benetton for the 1996 season, and were replaced by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. Schumacher tested with the 412 T2 and declared the car to be “good enough to win a world championship.”
The 412 T2 was replaced by the Ferrari F310 in 1996.