Rivals McLaren, Ferrari Lead 2013 F1 Car Launches This Week


  • McLaren MP4-28 Picture

    McLaren MP4-28 Picture

    The unveiling of the McLaren MP4-28 will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on January 31. | January 28, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Formula 1's two leading brands, Ferrari and McLaren, will be the first to show their 2013 racecars this week.
  • McLaren will reveal the MP4-28 at its shop in England on Thursday.
  • Ferrari's new car, its name still not revealed, will go public at the Maranello, Italy, factory Friday.

MARANELLO, Italy — Scuderia Ferrari, the longest-standing team competing in Formula 1, and its current arch rival, McLaren, will get the sequence of new car unveilings under way at the end of this week.

If plans go forward as scheduled, this year's cars will be the last ones powered by 2.4-liter V8 engines. Planned for 2014 are new 1.6-liter turbocharged V6s.

Ferrari's new car, its name still not revealed, will go public at the Maranello, Italy factory Friday.

McLaren will get the festivities started on Thursday with the unveiling of the MP4-28 at the team's Woking facility. The unveiling of the McLaren MP4-28 will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on January 31. McLaren is teasing the racecar in a new YouTube video — but it doesn't reveal much.

The new car will be powered by Mercedes-Benz, continuing a relation that dates from 1995. Jenson Button returns for his fourth season with the team and Sergio Perez replaces the departed Lewis Hamilton.

The relationship continues and the team maintains the name Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, even though the German company liquidated a 40 percent ownership of the McLaren team in 2009 when it purchased the former Brawn GP team.

McLaren, established by New Zealand racer Bruce McLaren in 1963 and an F1 constructor since 1966, has 182 victories in 722 races, with eight constructor titles and 12 driver championships.

Those numbers are second only to Ferrari, a charter competitor since the first season (1950) of modern Formula 1. Ferrari will unveil its new car, and reveal the name of it, on Friday at the Maranello factory.

The Italian team has won 219 races in 850 starts. It has claimed 16 constructor and 15 driver championships. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa return as drivers.

Also launching new cars ahead of the first preseason test session will be Force India on Friday, Sauber on Saturday and reigning champion Red Bull on Sunday. Testing begins with a session at Jerez, Spain, February 5-8.

Edmunds says: Details are skimpy about specifics of the new cars. One significant change that will be apparent even to casual fans is a rule allowing for modification of the heavily criticized "step" noses of the 2012 cars.

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