In western Europe in recent weeks the weather has been pretty icy, with plenty of snow. The good news that in the next few days a lot of hot air is going to be produced across the continent as the F1 teams unveil their new challengers for the 2013 season. This is F1′s optimistic season when everyone is confident that the year ahead will better than last season and that “everyone is working really hard” and “there is a buzz in the factory”. The warm air will move south to Spain in the first week of February and then will gradually begin to dissipate as teams begin to understand the real value of their 2013 cars.
For the record, the launches planned are as follows, kicking off with Lotus F1 Team tonight, with the launch of the E21 on the Official Lotus F1 Team TV channel on Youtube. As a teaser for the launch the team asked US actor Matt LeBlanc, best known as Joey in “Friends”, to ask Kimi Raikkonen a few questions about the new season.
McLaren will be the second team to launch with an event in Woking on Thursday, followed by Force India on Friday at Silverstone, although this is likely to get rather buried as Ferrari is launching the F2013 on the same day at Maranello. Sauber will unveil the C32 at Hinwil on Saturday, while Red Bull has chosen Sunday to launch the RB9 at Milton Keynes. On Monday the focus will switch to Spain where Mercedes and Toro Rosso will both launch at Jerez on Monday, followed by Caterham on Tuesday.
Williams has decided to hold fire on its unveiling and will not be showing its car until February 19 when the F1 teams will show up at Barcelona for the second of the three pre-season tests. The team decided to take advantage of the extra fortnight to develop the car more than its rivals.