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Williams F1 delay launch of 2013 car - The team prepare to run the first test in Jerez with an old car

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Williams F1 delay launch of 2013 car
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Williams have revealed the launch date of their new car, and it isn’t until the 19th February. That’s about two weeks after the other team launches that have been revealed so far, and, crucially, it is after the first pre-season test at Jerez. The first session gets underway on the 5th February, and Williams will be forced to run with the existing chassis if they want to get any mileage done.

A statement on Williams’ website reads: “For the earlier Jerez test starting on the 5th February, the team will run the 2012 FW34 in order to test a number of key development parts in preparation for the launch of the FW35. The FW34 will display 2013 livery.”

In other launch news, Force India are reportedly not going to be revealing their second driver at the same time as their new car. Bob Fernley has been quoted as saying the announcement of Paul Di Resta’s teammate should come before the first test, but that the launch on the 1st February is just for the car.