Panasonic Toyota F1 will become the third team to officially launch its 2004 grand prix campaign when the wraps come off the TF104 at the team's factory in Germany.

The car, which will be piloted by an unchanged line-up of Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta, will join the Williams-BMW FW26 and Sauber-Petronas C23 as the new models on the block, although McLaren has been running its 2004 machine for a couple of months without a formal launch.

The TF103 was criticised for leaning heavily on the successful 2002 Ferrari for its design influences, and it will be interesting to see whether the TF104 introduces anything as radical as the FW26's front end to Formula One.

It will also be interesting to see what effect newly recruited technical director Mike Gascoyne has had on the team and its car in the short time that he has been in Cologne.

 

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