Formula 1 2019 set for busy launch week
Haas began the festivities last Thursday but this week marks a busy period for Formula 1, with the leading contenders set to present their 2019 challengers.
In just seven days’ time all 10 Formula 1 teams will be in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first official day of testing in the run-up to March’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Before then the world will get a chance to see the machines that will tackle the 21 Grands Prix in 2019.
Toro Rosso and Williams will take centre stage today (Monday), with the Faenza-based team poised to present its Honda-powered STR14, which will be raced by returnee Daniil Kvyat and rookie Alexander Albon.
Williams will follow shortly after, though its FW42 is unlikely to be seen until a later date, for today’s event is a livery and title partner unveiling.
Williams’ five-year relationship with Martini came to a close and the drinks company’s replacement will be communicated later on.
Renault’s R.S.19 will be unveiled during a small event at its Enstone factory on Tuesday as it prepares to welcome seven-time Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo to the team.
Wednesday is poised to be the busiest day as three teams, including the reigning World Champions, launch their 2019 programmes.
Mercedes will present its W10 on Wednesday morning, before giving it a private shakedown at Silverstone, as the squad begins preparations in its bid for a sixth straight title.
The first Honda-powered Red Bull F1 car, the RB15, will also be unveiled on Wednesday, while the rebranded Racing Point team (nee Force India) will present its new-look in Toronto later in the day.
Thursday is set to belong to McLaren, with its MCL34 to be unveiled at its Woking factory, before Ferrari removes the covers from its as-yet-unnamed 2019 car at Maranello on Friday morning.
The re-named Alfa Romeo Racing team is set to be the last to join the party with its car launch planned for next Monday morning in Barcelona, shortly before the start of testing.
Stay tuned to Motorsport Week for all the latest news and photos from a busy week as Formula 1 2019 roars into life.