New Season, New Cars
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — McLaren will run an interim car during the first pre-season test which will take place at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain, Feb. 1 – 3. The team will unveil its 2011 McLaren MP4-26 in Berlin on Feb. 4, and it will run for the first time at the second pre-season test at Spain’s Jerez circuit Feb. 10 – 13.
With only four test sessions before the season opens in Bahrain on March 13, and with the rules permitting the teams to run only one car per day, track time is crucial. On the other hand, spending as much time in the wind tunnel and finalizing the car’s design before it runs for the first time is sometimes more important.
Red Bull has skipped the first test in the past, but the team is working flat-out to have a car ready for Valencia.
Force India has joined HRT and Virgin in saying it won’t have a new car ready for the opening test. Ferrari will officially launch its 2011 challenger at its Maranello unveiling in the last week of January, and then join Mercedes, Renault, Sauber and Toro Rosso who will all have their new cars running at Valencia. National Speed Sport News will be there to bring you all the news. Lotus and Williams have yet to reveal their plans.