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Coloured British Racing Green with yellow trim in recollection of the famous British name’s evocative history, the Malaysian-owned team launched the car in London on Friday evening.
With USF1 and Campos yet to unveil their cars, the mere presentation of the T127, shakedown debuted at Silverstone earlier this week, is a feat in itself, given that Lotus was the last outfit to be granted an entry for 2010.
“I’d just love to finish every race,” the Malaysian-owned team’s boss Tony Fernandes said.
The car’s technical chief, Mike Gascoyne, admitted the T127 was designed very quickly starting in September and has therefore been born slightly overweight.
“We know it is not going to be easy. We are running out of days before Bahrain,” said Jarno Trulli, whose teammate this year is another established driver, Heikki Kovalainen.
“What they have achieved so far is great but for this year we have to be realistic. We know we will have troubles, but we have to be reliable, decent and show great promise,” he told the BBC.
Gascoyne said he felt “shell-shocked” that a car has been produced in merely five months, describing the T127 as a “good, solid, current car”.
It will make its proper test debut at Jerez mid next week.
Just missing the mid-morning rain, the RB6 was unveiled to the public in Spain today.
Mark and Sebastian drew back the cover to reveal the Adrian Newey-design car which will challenge for points, podiums and trophies in 2010.
Following a brief photo session where the drivers were joined by RedBull’s Racing chief technical officer and team principal Christian Horner there was a round of television and press interviews before Mark begain testing the new car. In the wet.
The new Virgin Racing Formula One team, one of the sport’s four new entrants for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
A busy schedule lies ahead, much like the one that has taken the VR-01 from dream to reality in the space of just 10 months.
Nick Wirth’s design team at Wirth Research in Bicester, UK, started putting the basic layout of the VR-01 together in the early part of 2009 in order to hit the ground running should the team’s 2010 entry be successful.
12 days after the team was accepted into the Championship, the design of the monocoque surfaces was locked down and a race against time was underway.
The established F1 teams had a significant head start, not least because they had the obvious advantage of evolution, whereas Wirth Research designed the VR-01, quite literally, from a blank computer screen.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today revealed its brand new MP4-25 chassis – the car in which reigning world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will contest the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Unveiled at Vodafone UK’s stunning headquarters in Newbury, the 2010 car looks noticeably different from last year’s race-winning MP4-24. MP4-25 features a radical aerodynamic overhaul and a significantly larger fuel tank to take full advantage of this year’s new regulations, and its design team is confident it has explored every possible avenue to maximise the car’s performance.
Horsepower once again comes from our friends in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz’s FO 108X V8 subtly improves upon an engine which has become the benchmark in Formula 1, winning the last two drivers’ world championships.
The team kicks off its 2010 campaign with a stunning driver pairing: 2009 world champion Jenson Button and 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton. It is the first time since 1989 – when it ran Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna – that the team has fielded a joint-world champion driver line-up, and marks the first time in Formula 1 history that the sport’s two most recent world champions have been partnered together.
However, the driver line-up represents only a fraction of the team’s remarkable strength in depth. Members of the design team who contributed to the development of MP4-25 can also trace their involvement back through an incredible seven drivers’ world championships, five of the team’s eight constructors’ world championships and 112 of the team’s 164 grand prix victories.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team begins pre-season testing with MP4-25 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo on Monday
The Renault F1 Team is delighted to announce that Vitaly Petrov will race for the team this season alongside Robert Kubica.
The 25-year-old will become the first Russian to compete in Formula One when he makes his Grand Prix debut in Bahrain in March. He joins the Renault F1 Team off the back of a successful GP2 career having finished as the Series runner-up last season.
Renault F1 Team Principal, Eric Boullier, said: “This is a very special day for Vitaly and we welcome him into the team. As a rookie, we recognise that Vitaly will have a lot to learn this season, but his performances in GP2 last year were outstanding and confirmed that he is ready to make the step up to Formula One. With Robert alongside him, Vitaly has the perfect role model to learn from and I’m confident he will deliver on the promise he has shown throughout his career.”
Vitaly Petrov added: “This is a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to working with the team this season. I’ve always dreamed of racing in Formula One and so to make my debut with a top team like Renault is very exciting. The first race is just over a month away so I will make sure I spend as much time as possible with the team over the next few weeks so that I am fully prepared in time for Bahrain.”
Renault F1 Team presents the R30 in Valencia
The Renault F1 Team took the covers off its 2010 challenger, the R30, today in front of assembled media at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
Renault F1 Team driver Robert Kubica was on hand to unveil the car and reveal the exciting new black and yellow livery – the iconic colours made famous by Renault in the 1980s. The team also presented Vitaly Petrov as Robert’s teammate for the 2010 season. The 25-year-old finished as runner-up in the GP2 Series last year and becomes the first Russian driver to race in Formula One.
After unveiling the R30, Team Principal, Eric Boullier, joined Robert and Vitaly for a photo call in front of the car, along with the team’s Third Driver, Ho-Pin Tung, and Reserve Driver, Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Czech driver Jan Charouz will also be a Reserve Driver for the team this year but was unable to attend the presentation.
With stable aero regulations the R30 is a mixture of evolution and revolution, and is much more svelte and attractive than its predecessor. In particular the rear of the car has been considerably reworked to allow the car to make the most of the ‘double-decker’ diffusers that were first seen last year. Changes have also been made to the architecture of the chassis to adapt to the refuelling ban, which has required the installation of a much larger fuel tank.
The C29 – with a notably sharp, high and wide front nose and a McLaren-style shark-fin engine cover – is liveried all in white with black sidepods.
The 23-year-old, who debuted late last year for Toyota, may also bring Panasonic, according to speculation.
Despite using Ferrari’s engine and gearbox, Sauber is still officially called BMW Sauber F1 Team, and the BMW acronym also appeared on team clothing at Valencia on Sunday and even in tiny lettering on the C29’s nose.
However, the familiar ‘S’ logo, last seen prior to Sauber’s acquisition by the departed German carmaker BMW in 2005, was also on the team clothing.
“The development of the car has seen the team build on the experience gained last year and the improvement in performance over the final third of the season,” said technical director Willy Rampf, also present in Spain.
“However, the new regulations banning refuelling during the race and stipulating a reduced width for the front tyres have required significant changes to the car’s design,” he added.