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Old 31 Jan 2012, 16:59 (Ref:3019446)   #1
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The 2012 F1 CAR LAUNCH THREAD

I thought that it might be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to the upcoming F1 car launches.

McLaren are first up, with their MP4-27

http://www.mclaren.com/home/

1 Feb - McLaren (Woking)

3 Feb - Force India (Silverstone)

3 Feb - Ferrari (Maranello)

6 Feb - Sauber F1 Team (Jerez)

6 Feb - Red Bull (Online)

6 Feb - STR (Jerez)

7 Feb - Williams (Jerez)
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Old 31 Jan 2012, 18:02 (Ref:3019463)   #2
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5 Feb - Lotus F1 team (Online)

Caterham released 'teaser' pictures of their car on the 26th of January, and then launched the car proper in F1 Racing magazine.
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Old 31 Jan 2012, 18:22 (Ref:3019470)   #3
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There will be coverage of the McLaren launch tommorow at 11AM on Sky Sports News.
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Sky have said that they will be covering all the launches on their F1 channel?

Edit: Nope, you're right. It's the Sky Sports NEWS channel.

http://www.pitpass.com/45514-Sky-ann...s-for-coverage

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Old 31 Jan 2012, 21:29 (Ref:3019567)   #5
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I'm looking forward to the new McLaren and its 'controversial' design. I am glad they are going down the aggressive route in terms as design as they may as well be daring and fail whereas stay conservative in design and also fail IMO. I have seen some 'impressions' and they sure do look different to the norm. I just hope the don't end up with a platypus nose!
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So finally here we come, something to talk about !
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So finally here we come, something to talk about !
I can't wait to see those new Pirelli tyres!
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The tyres are lovely..
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And if you hate Sky, it will be on McLaren's Facebook page and on their own website.

That was a good idea Marbot to put it all in one place so people can compare and contrast.
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I can't wait to see those new Pirelli tyres!
Alan Jones being interviewed by Mark Thatcher.

Mark: "So, Alan, how important are the tyres going to be in this race?"
Alan: "very, they're going to stop the wheels touching the ground."
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anyone else having problems getting on the Mclaren site??
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It looks....unremarkable. No doubt it'll have a stepped nose by the time it gets to Melbourne.

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2...-27-in-woking/
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more pics here

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Head on.



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It looks....unremarkable. No doubt it'll have a stepped nose by the time it gets to Melbourne.

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/2...-27-in-woking/
those sticky-out-pods for the exhaust look interesting. difficult to work out which direction the exhaust gas will go. I am guessing it goes up, and then helps the airflow through the rear wing.
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those sticky-out-pods for the exhaust look interesting. difficult to work out which direction the exhaust gas will go. I am guessing it goes up, and then helps the airflow through the rear wing.
This view of the car may help you decide.

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Looks like a shorter wheelbase, which is nice. Have they gone for slow speed corner pace?
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I've read some reports that the Ferrari launch may be postponed due to snow at Fiorano.
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They wont have the bump nose, this car is basically playing on the strong points of the 26. Whitmarsh says this and that the aero package will be different. Don't expect the nose of the GATORham though, as this nose is completely legal.
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I think the car is beautiful, I love rear end...
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It's certainly more 'evolution' than 'revolution'. But I suppose that we haven't seen the finished article yet.

Ferrari have certainly gone down a different route with their car. It would seem that the crash structure and the side-pods are now two separate items on that car!
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Are the mirrors mounted higher on the body or is the body line just lower this year? Also seems to be as clean a design as I've seen in a long time.
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I've read some reports that the Ferrari launch may be postponed due to snow at Fiorano.
The launch will still go ahead. But they'll definitely need to fit a purpose built front wing if they think that they can get a couple of laps in on that particular track.



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And I think that is fine Scott, but I think the car that we will see at Australia will be a bit different to say the least..

I love this time of year...
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