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New Williams to miss first test

18 January 2013

Williams has announced that its 2013 F1 car won't appear in the opening test of the year after confirming the launch date for the FW35.

The Grove-based team will reveal the car on 19 February at Catalunya ahead of the second group test of the season – making it the first team to confirm that its new machine won't be on track for the Jerez test, that runs from 5-8 February.

Instead, the team will run the FW34 for the first on-track session of the year with a number of key development parts fitted ahead of the launch of the FW35.

The car will however run in its 2013 livery for the Jerez test.

Williams will field a new line-up this season, with test driver Valtteri Bottas moving into a race seat alongside Pastor Maldonado.

F1 2013 Launch Dates:

McLaren 31 January TBC
Ferrari 1 February Maranello
Force India 1 February Silverstone, UK
Sauber 2 February Hinwil, Switzerland
Red Bull Racing 3 February Milton Keynes, UK
Mercedes 4 February Jerez
Toro Rosso 4 February Jerez
Williams 19 February Catalunya

F1 2013 Winter tests:

Jerez test 5-8 February
Barcelona test 1 19-22 February
Barcelona test 2 28 February-3 March