Ferrari cancel launch of 2012 car after heavy snow in Maranello

Ferrari have been forced to cancel the official presentation of their new Formula 1 car because of heavy snow at their Italian base in Maranello.

Instead, the new car will be unveiled on Ferrari's website, ferrarif1.com. 

"The decision was taken because of the weather conditions and the difficulties facing the 300 or so people due to attend," a statement read.

The team hope the as yet unnamed 2012 car will be a title contender this campaign after a difficult 2011.

Fernando Alonso's victory at the British Grand Prix was Ferrari's only win of last season.

It was a poor return after the Spaniard narrowly missed out on the title in his first season with Ferrari in 2010.

The team have admitted they need to tackle a culture of creeping conservatism in the design office, and have promised a more adventurous design following a reshuffle of their technical team.