Teams Unveil Cars Close To Preseason Beginning

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Not long is left until all current F1 teams have showed off their cars and a number of teams have done just that. While there was a car seen at every 2015 launch, not all of those were the car with which each team will start the season. The period of car launches began with Williams as the first to show the world their new creation.

Williams

Williams had their unveiling of their new car in the pages of UK F1 magazine F1 Racing. Showing the side’s new challenger, the FW37, the same Martini livery is kept from the 2013 season. Technical Director PAt Symonds was unsure on how to judge the car to rivals currently but stated that the team could further improve on a strong showing from last year.

“How competitive you are is a relative thing.

“It is not just what you do, it is what your rivals do.

“We were probably fortunate that some of our rivals had some problems last year, but let’s not take it away from what we achieved as well.

“Yes, we had a great power unit but equally in 2013 we had the same power unit as the guys that won the constructors’ championship. So I think we had moved on a lot.

“But we are fighting with the big boys. We are fighting with the guys who are spending twice as much money as us – and that makes it very, very difficult to go forward.

“If we fully acknowledge all the things that brought us success in 2014, make sure we consolidate those, make sure we fully understand and incrementally move forward in all of those areas, then we can at least maintain if not improve where we are.”

Force India

Force India displayed their new livery at their official launch which took place in Mexico. The event, done in Mexico to celebrate the return of the Mexican GP to the calender, showed the new livery of black and silver. The car shown was the team’s 2014 effort with a 2015 nose, as they choose to not yet show their 2015 car. The team’s Technical Director Andrew Green said.

“The front of the car looks very different from what we had developed previously. It is a redesign that involved a lot of work over the winter, as the new regulations caused a loss in terms of downforce and we’ve been working to claw back all that performance.”

Lotus

Lotus launched their car online, like other teams have done so far. The team released some images of their car for the following season. CEO Matthew Carter said.

“There is a huge push to get the car finished, but we are on course to be there.

“Like a few other teams, we will be doing some final finishing touches in Jerez – but so far things are looking good.

“The figures we are getting from the windtunnel are encouraging, and we already have upgrades to the nose and front wing that are in the pipeline for the start of the season.”

McLaren

McLaren displayed their new car, the MP4-30, to the public in an online launch. The car is the first McLaren to run with a Honda engine since the early 1990s and Honda motorsport chief Yasuhira Arai stated that there were no compromises as the Japanese engine firm looks to get it’s first season back in the sport off to a good start.

“As you can see with the new MP4-30, we’ve dedicated ourselves as one team with McLaren to creating a new car that compromises on nothing – either power or aerodynamics,” he said.

“Yet, in the midst of the excitement, both myself and our engineers are 100 per cent focused in both Sakura and Milton Keynes to prepare for Jerez and beyond. We’re confident that the technology is there, and I’m looking forward to see how it will perform.

“We’re about to commence a long season, with numerous challenges, but Honda is determined to face them head-on. After all, we’re here to drive Formula 1’s technology forward and give our fans a thrilling ride.”

Sauber

Sauber surprised many when they showed their new with a new predominately blue livery. The car, with yellow on it’s side, is the first blue Sauber since 2005. Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn spoke of the need to improveon a poor 2014 where the team finished joint-last in the team standings.

“2014 was a very disappointing year. However, this is in the past, and we now focus on what comes next. We have learned our lessons and are confident for the new season.”

“We have to improve, and be able to fight for championship points.”

Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said at the launch of the latest Ferrari F1 car that the team are committed to winning two races in the coming season.

“I am just realistic,” he said. “Nobody has the magic to change things, when things are unchangeable.

“We find the car, the car was ready December of [last] year, and we apply certain modifications that in our opinion, are quite interesting.

“I don’t want to say that we are going to win the world championship but for sure we are committed at least to win two races.”

Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost was bold in his declaration of the new Toro Rosso being the team’s best in its ten-year history.

“I am convinced it will be the best car we have ever built at Toro Rosso,” he said.

“There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of investment in a unique design.

“The design looks clean. And if it looks clean and nice it should be fast.”

 

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