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Live: F1's team launches 2017

  • 07:58

    TweetTweet from @RacecarEngineering: Forecast for winds gusting at up to 80mph later, during the Mercedes launch (which is scheduled to be outdoors) should be fuun.

  • 07:56

    Not content with just revealing a launch time, Mercedes have gone for a full on schedule - all times in GMT:

    12:10 - 360 degree Silver Arrow unveil

    14:40 - Toto Wolff Q&A

    15:45 - Lewis Hamilton Q&A

    16:25 - Tech Briefing

    18:30 - Valtteri Bottas Q&A

    Long day!

  • 07:54
  • 01:13

    Mallya vs. Abiteboul is proving to be a highlight of F1 fashion week.

    TweetTweet from @TheVijayMallya: I am so proud of this superbly engineered beauty. Unlike Renault this is a real racing car that will test

  • 20:47

    And in case you missed it earlier, a sixty second recap of Vijay Mallya's discontent with Renault and his optimism for the coming season in today's F1Minute.

  • 20:47

    They're not the only ones, though, as Toro Rosso have completed their own filming day, leaving behind something of a mess!

  • 20:46

    We saw the Sauber car for the first time on Monday, but the team have taken it out on track today for some filming. We've popped up an F1 Big Picture of what appears to have been a good afternoon's work.

  • 20:09

    TweetTweet from @ForceIndiaF1: 225k views on Facebook alone for the streaming of our launch - wow! Thank you to all the fans who tuned in, what a start for our 2017!

  • 20:05

    Mercedes are due to launch their car tomorrow, but BBC 5live sent along one half of their Afternoon Edition radio show to get some behind the scenes gossip of the team as they make their last minute preparations. I've hand-picked some great quotes from the show, but do have a listen if you can!

  • 14:43

    The drivers are getting a proper look at their new car today too.

    Pérez and Ocon get a look at the new car
    Credit: Sahara Force India
  • 14:41

    More from Mallya on the choice of colour scheme: "This livery gives our cars a contemporary and premium feel, which works well considering the partners we have on the car. We’ve kept the basic colour scheme that we’ve been running for the last couple of years, but we’ve just freshened up the design slightly."

  • 14:35

    That beluga bump up close.

    VJM10 launch
    Credit: Sahara Force India
  • 14:26

    TweetTweet from @andrewbensonf1: Mallya, Willis, Hamilton, Wolff last Thursday all dancing around the issue of whether the tyres will work. Do they know something we don't?

  • 14:22

    "I see no reason why we can't break into the top three. We're going to go for it. We set our sights high," says Mallya.

    Although he was put on the spot there. That optimism might come back to bite him. One has to admire the man's confidence / insanity though.

  • 14:19

    Pérez raises a concern about navigating these new wider cars around Monaco and Baku.

  • 14:17

    The car is arguably less pretty than Renault's effort. The shark fin is bright silver and devoid of sponsorship at this time. The nose features an unsightly bump that looks anything but aerodynamic. You'd have to assume this will change before or during pre-season testing.

  • 14:11

    Yesterday the drivers had no speaking part. Force India seem to trust their men more, with both answering a barrage of questions from Crofty. They don't offer much insight but do a decent job of pulling back the covers on the VJM10.

  • 14:09

    Sergio Pérez and new boy Esteban Ocon are introduced to the stage by David Croft.

  • 14:05

    Not pulling punches, Mallya directly addresses comments from Renault's Cyril Abiteboul yesterday that Force India might struggle more this year due to all the regulation changes. The arguments were sound, rule changes tend to favour larger teams, but Vijay isn't fazed.

    "Everybody has to start with a clean slate. But I know we have to develop right through 2017. There's no stopping. We've planned for it and we're very excited."

  • 14:02

    Force India are ready to launch their new car. To kick things off Natalie Pinkham introduces their resident man-in-exile Vijay Mallya. Not every team can boast having one of these.

  • 12:51

    Ferrari are feeling left out from the launch party (or perhaps a little guilty for ignoring social media), so posted a short vignette about what they've been working on.

  • 08:03

    TweetTweet from @JolyonPalmer: She's a beauty, let's hope the new car is as fast as it looks! Can't wait to get behind the wheel next week. #F12017 #Renault

  • 08:02

    A new gallery posted today by Mercedes offers a sneaky look at the W08 - well, a bit of a nose and a heck of a lot of turquoise, anyway.

  • 07:59
  • 18:46

    Force India are waiting in the wings to show off their new car - they've confirmed it will be 2pm UK time tomorrow and live on Sky Sports F1 website. More tomorrow!

  • 18:45

    Two final links for the Renault bombardment today - a sixty second F1Minute roundup of the driver news, and a gorgeous close up of the nose on F1 Big Picture.

  • 16:28

    A better look at the R.S.17 under studio lighting.

    R.S.17 studio shot
    Credit: Renault Sport F1
  • 15:16

    Meanwhile the Mercedes team have news about their upcoming event. Their car will be launched in 360° VR.

    The event hashtag is amusingly titled #cantW08. Puntastic.

  • 15:13

    Viewed from the rear. A clearer look at this season's wider tyres.

    Renault Sport launch car
  • 15:06

    The men in shirts vacate the stage and the R.S.17 is unveiled under an array of strobe lights. It's yellow and black. Castrol branding is found on the front end plates and a few minor sponsors have been added. Like Sauber before, attempts have been made to hide the shark fin by painting it jet black.

  • 14:54

    The stage setup looks like the Westlife reunion nobody asked for.

    Renault Sport launch
  • 14:46

    The live stream is suffering from stuttering issues and the Renault website has stopped responding. A familiar F1 launch story then.

    The presentation is very dry. A lot of corporate talk. The head of Microsoft Dynamics has just joined those on stage to pitch his products to the 36,000 people tuning in.

    Most overused word during this presentation: "partnerships".

  • 14:41

    The Renault Sport live stream is up. Currently four men in white shirts are making positive predictions about the coming season.

  • 07:55

    It's Renault's turn for the spotlight today, and they were getting very excited yesterday - the countdown is on! Even the drivers have been biding their time at the factory, with a spot of hoovering and photcopying.

  • 07:53
  • 18:46

    Another interesting preview video from Red Bull, this time talking to the people that made the car, the engineers!

    Adrian Newey, who clearly can't quite let go of F1 as much as he keeps saying he wants to, has this to add: "Here we are in the middle of February and it's that feeling of... well, it's exhaustion towards the end of the season for many of the guys, but then you go through the winter, you do your work and it's time to think 'yep, now I just want to get going again, to get out on the circuit and see where we are'."

  • 18:12

    Renault have confirmed their information with an online launch getting underway in the afternoon. They're set to reveal the car on Facebook, with plenty of Twitter activity to watch out for as well.

  • 18:12

    Tomorrow we should see the new Renault break cover, with the Enstone team getting pretty excited about unveiling their 2017 machinery.

  • 18:11

    A pretty thorough preview post and video by Red Bull has appeared, chatting to Christian Horner about the new car and the continuing driver line up of Ricciardo and Verstappen. Horner boils down the months and months of design work to this snappy little one-liner: "If it looks right, it tends to go alright."

  • 18:09

    F1 fashion week begins with gold, then. Gold is the new black. Although it's worth noting that Sauber have tried to disguise their shark fin by leaving it black. We can still see it, people. The shark fin is back.

  • 18:07

    F1.com have been quite taken with the gilt on Sauber's new livery, and have taken a look at other F1 cars that have run with gold paintwork.

  • 18:02

    TweetTweet from @Ericsson_Marcus: I have to say it's been a while but I think this might be my new crush. Seriously good looking. Please be fast as well!

  • 18:02
    Sauber C36 front view
    Credit: Sauber AG

    From the front, there's plenty of gold to behold.

  • 18:01
    Sauber C36 side view
    Credit: Sauber AG

    With the "25 Years" celebratory branding.

  • 12:40

    The new car is a celebration of Sauber's 25th season in Formula One, and boy they've been through a lot since then!

  • 12:38

    Zander has rejoined Sauber this year, after previously departing the Swiss squad in 2007 - leaving the chief designer position and returning as technical director.

  • 12:36

    QuoteJörg Zander, Technical Director: "Basically, big teams have an advantage when it comes to major changes in the regulations but when the cars are reshuffled new opportunities always present themselves as well.

    "The C36 is wider and lower, with wider tyres making the car look more muscular than last year's model, the C35. Practically just by looking at it, one can tell the speed of the new car has increased as a result of more downforce and shorter braking distances. It is written all over its face."

  • 10:02

    The first sighting of the new Sauber C36 with added gold stripes!

  • 08:10

    However, Haas have released a preview statement for what they're calling their "sophomore season":

    "After building a new car from scratch in 2016, Haas F1 Team is doing the same in 2017. But unlike in 2016, the team's personnel are already assembled and, more importantly, have a year of experience working together. And its infrastructure, from the garage setup and the necessary equipment it houses to the trucks that transport said equipment from the team's European base in Banbury, England, has been in place for more than a year. The only new item that needs to be put together is the car."

  • 08:07

    All eyes on Sauber today, as we're expecting some images to be released of their 2017 car.

  • 08:06
  • 16:01

    Also, it will be interesting to see if Sauber offer up any unique views of their new car, as they've been known to dabble in a spot of VR in the past.

  • 14:48

    Sauber are due to launch their car first, although it's supposed to be images first and then a roll out later in the week. As they describe it:

    "First images of our 2017 contender will be published on Monday, 20th February 2017! The Sauber C36-Ferrari will have its roll-out in the week prior to the first official Formula One test on 22nd February during the Sauber F1 Team’s filming day in Barcelona."

  • 13:58

    Meanwhile, Mercedes are plugging the hashtag #cantw08 which doesn't quite scan but we'll let them off for now.

  • 13:57

    Teams are starting to get very excited about their launches. Renault have even got Jolyon Palmer involved with a hard hat and hi-vis jacket.

  • 12:15

    The regulation changes for this season mean the cars will look a little different to 2016's beasts. Here are a few details to look out for: wider tyres, wider front wings, lower rear wings but higher diffusers and a generally wider car overall.

  • 12:09

    We've already had a sneak peek at the Williams with a render video of the new car.

  • 11:56
    2017 team launches
    Mon 20th FebSauber F1 Team
    Tue 21st FebRenault F1 Team
    Wed 22nd FebSahara Force India
    Thu 23rd FebMercedes AMG Petronas
    Fri 24th FebMcLaren Honda
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Sat 25th FebWilliams Martini Racing
    Sun 26th FebHaas F1 Team
    Red Bull Racing
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
  • 11:56

    We've got a packed week ahead of us with all ten teams (sob, poor Manor) set to reveal their 2017 machinery over the next seven days.

  • 11:56

    Hello fact fans and welcome to the first Factbyte Factbox of the brand new year, and it's a bumper one! Here is where you'll find all sorts of thoughts, links, pictures and gossip about each and every team launch throughout the upcoming week.


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F1 team launches
Sauber F1 TeamOnline20 Feb
Renault Sport F1 TeamTBC21 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamSilverstone, England22 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamSilverstone, England23 Feb
McLaren HondaTBC24 Feb
Scuderia FerrariFiorano, Italy24 Feb
Williams Martini RacingTBC25 Feb
Haas F1 TeamTBC26 Feb
Red Bull RacingOnline26 Feb
Scuderia Toro RossoBarcelona, Spain26 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain7 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain8 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain9 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain10 Mar

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