McLaren to lead off busy launch period

McLaren to lead off busy launch period

24 January 2014 – McLaren will kick-off a busy Formula 1 car launch period when it presents its MP4-29 on Friday.

Following the release of rendered preview images from rival outfits Force India and Williams, the Woking-based team is to become the first to officially unveil its latest contender, staging a digital presentation at 12pm GMT.

Ferrari – which has seen 'F14 T' and 'F166 Turbo' emerge as the leading candidates for the name of its 2014 car – is next in line with a Saturday launch, before Sauber pulls the covers off the C33 the following day.

The focus will then switch to Jerez, the location for the opening pre-season test from January 28-31.

Toro Rosso will launch its STR9 chassis on the eve of the gathering, while Red Bull (RB10), Mercedes (F1 W05) and Caterham (CT04) have elected to reveal their cars in the morning, directly before hitting the track.

Force India (VJM07), Williams (FW36) and Marussia (MR03) have all confirmed their presence at Jerez, but are yet to clarify launch dates. The Lotus E22, meanwhile, will not break cover until the later Bahrain meetings.

Overview of 2014 car launches:

McLaren – January 24
Ferrari – January 25
Sauber – January 26
Toro Rosso – January 27
Red Bull – January 28
Mercedes – January 28
Caterham – January 28
Lotus – TBC
Force India – TBC
Williams – TBC
Marussia – TBC

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