2011 Launch and Testing dates
A new year is not a F1 new year until the first new car is unveiled. No ifs, no buts, no 2011 car, therefore it aint 2011 yet.
And it's Ferrari that usually choose when the date-flip occurs and 2011 is no different, with their launch scheduled for Friday 28th Jan.
Below are the confirmed 2011 launch dates/times:
Date Team Car Notes 28 Jan Ferrari F150 Maranello 31 Jan Lotus T128 5:00 GMT online 31 Jan Sauber C30 11:00 CET, Valencia 31 Jan Renault R31 12:00 CET, Valencia 1 Feb Red Bull RB7 8:30 CET, Valencia 1 Feb Toro Rosso STR6 9:00 CET, Valencia 1 Feb Mercedes W02 Valencia 1 Feb Williams FW33 Valencia 4 Feb McLaren MP4-26 11:00 GMT, Berlin 7 Feb Virgin MVR-02 London 8 Feb Force India VJM04 14:00 GMT online 3 Mar HRT F111 Bahrain
With restricted testing the teams have pushed back their launch dates until the last possible moment in order to get the most development time on their new chargers. Below are the 2011 pre-season testing dates:
- 1-3 Feb - Valencia (Team Lotus: 2-4 Feb)
- 10-13 Feb - Jerez
- 18-21 Feb - Barcelona
- 3-6 Mar - Bahrain
With the season starting proper on the 13th March. I can't wait!