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Formula One: 2013 Car launches and pre-season testing schedule


By Berthold Bouman

Formula One: 2013 Car launches and pre-season testing scheduleThe 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship finally gets on its way with pre-season testing starting on February 5 at Jerez, Spain; three test sessions are scheduled in February and March. (see schedule below)

All teams bar Marussia have also announced their official launch date, Lotus will be first next Monday, and Williams will reveal their new car just ahead of the second test session which will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

Most teams have again opted for a more modest approach, and will unveil their 2013 contender during the first testing days of the season in Jerez. Only Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull will throw a real big party to celebrate the unveiling of their new car, but the smaller teams like to spend that money on the car itself, and not on the sponsors, VIP’s, photographers and reporters.

Formula One 2013 Car launches and pre-season testing schedule - Photo: Lotus F1

There were just a few changes in the regulations and it is therefore not likely that the 2013 cars will be much different from last year’s generation, most cars will actually be an evolution of the 2012 design. But there is one change the fans will welcome, teams are allowed to cover up the ugly stepped nose with a small piece of laminate — nicknamed a ‘modesty’ or ‘vanity’ panel — to smooth the nose section.

2013 Car Launches

January  28    Lotus          Online          View photos       E21
January  31    McLaren        Woking          View photos       MP4-28
February  1    Ferrari        Maranello       View photos       F138 
February  1    Force India    Silverstone     View photos       VJM06 
February  2    Sauber         Hinwil          View photos       C32          
February  3    Red Bull       Milton Keynes   View photos       RB9 
February  4    Mercedes       Jerez           Spain             W04 
February  4    Toro Rosso     Jerez           Spain             STR8 
February  5    Caterham       Jerez           Spain             CT03 
February  5    Marussia       Jerez           Spain             MRV02
February 19    Williams       Barcelona       Spain             FW35

Pre-season testing days

February 5-8                 Jerez            Spain
February 19-22               Barcelona        Spain
February 28 - March 3        Barcelona        Spain
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