Red Bull Racing and Virgin Racing have become the latest teams to announce the launch dates for their respective 2011 challengers, with the former bucking its recent trend of launching its cars late in pre-season testing: this year’s RB7 will be unveiled on the morning of the opening Valencia test on 1 February.

Virgin Racing, meanwhile, has confirmed that it will launch its 2011 car later on, with its MVR-02 – the ‘M” stands for new title sponsor Marussia – to be unveiled on 7 February.

Red Bull’s ‘reveal’ will occur in the pit lane on the morning of the test, which will also coincide with the unveiling of the 2011 cars for Mercedes GP, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams and Lotus also occurring on the same morning.

Ferrari is launching is car on 28 January, while Renault will follow suit with a launch on January 31.

Meanwhile, the likes of McLaren, Force India, Virgin Racing and Hispania Racing will appear at the first test with interim cars, with their launches to occur in February.

McLaren’s launch will occur in Berlin – a request made at the behest of title sponsor Vodafone – while Virgin’s will occur in London.

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