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January 2013 recap - Getting the new season snowball rolling // Brand new car launches, some news from Mercedes and Pirelli and more

Published by Christine Blachford

With the New Year celebrations complete, the off-season transitioned from reviewing the 2012 season to hotly anticipating the coming 2013 action. With pre-season testing just weeks away, we started to see teams gearing up for their launches, and some driver and personnel movements as well. The 2013 season is starting to gather momentum.

Formula One in January

The final three races took us to the often underwhelming (but this time quite exciting) Abu Dhabi, the brand new and totally unexpected US (Austin) and the always brilliant Brazil. The season finale was one of those crazy races that you think couldn't happen at the end of a bonkers year, but then it does!

28 JanLotus launch
31 JanMcLaren launch

Sidepodcast in January

Much of the work going on at Sidepodcast over the winter has been behind the scenes, but some of it was available to see when the launches began. Starting with Lotus, we managed to show off the new Factbyte Factbox, looking very much like its predecessor. The FBFB can, once again, be put in blog posts for more lengthier breaking news coverage, whilst the icons have been spruced up. There will be plenty more to see as the races begin and more live events are covered, but it's a very good start.

We also introduced a few new logos, which may not seem exciting, but they certainly spruce up the site a little. The Sidepodcast Hangout got a fancy lens-flare enhanced image, whilst Friday Fun was given a brilliantly bulging logo to be going on with.

Posts in January

It was really towards the end of the month that things started to kick off, but as the news from Mercedes filtered out, and Pirelli launched their new tyres, we tried to cover as much as we could. We also enjoyed some Friday Fun entertainment, a bit of Daytona endurance racing, and saw the NFL season build up to something mega.

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F1 team launches
McLaren MercedesOnline29 Jan
Sauber F1 TeamOnline30 Jan
Scuderia FerrariOnline30 Jan
Scuderia Toro RossoJerez, Spain31 Jan
Infiniti Red Bull RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamJerez, Spain1 Feb
Williams Martini RacingJerez, Spain1 Feb
Lotus F1 TeamJerez, Spain2 Feb
Sahara Force India F1 TeamOnline25 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuito de JerezSpain1 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain2 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain3 Feb
Circuito de JerezSpain4 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain19 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain20 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain21 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain26 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain27 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain28 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar

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