The first of the 2014 season’s Formula 1 car launches will take place this week, ahead of the first of the season’s three four-day test sessions that kick off at Jerez the week after.
Last year’s buggest disappointment, McLaren, will be the first to kick off proceedings. It has opted for an online launch on Friday, where it is expected to unveil a new title sponsor (to replace Vodafone) and, possibly, a new Team Principal (to replace Martin Whitmarsh).
However, any traditionalists hoping that the departure of Vodafone might entail a new livery scheme would well be disappointed. According to reports in the Italian-language Omnicorse, the team will not make a return to its historic orange colour scheme and it will remain with the chrome hues it has run since 1997.
While the Woking squad might be the first of the teams to show off its new car, that’s no guarantee that the team will even be ready for the first pre-season test. Our sources tell us that the new MP4-29 has had to resit a number of crash tests after failing certain impact tests at the first attempt.
Ferrari is next up on Saturday. It will unveil its 2014 racer and confirm the car’s assigned name, having left the decision to an online vote.
The Sauber Ferrari C33 will be shown off on Sunday with an online launch, while Scuderia Toro Rosso will have a Jerez pit lane launch on the eve of the test.
Day 1 of the first test will be the busiest for photographers and journalists, with Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Caterham and Williams all expected to take the covers off their respective designs before the pit lane opens for business.
The likes of Force India and Marussia are yet to confirm the details of their respective car launches, while Lotus’ launch has been delayed as it elects to skip the first pre-season test entirely.
Of course, RichardsF1.com will be ready to provide you with the most comprehensive analysis of each of the teams’ 2014 racers – make sure you continue to visit us as the upcoming season draws ever closer!