Mercedes to unveil Lewis Hamilton's 2013 car at Jerez on February 4
New W04 to break cover the day before the first test
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 17/01/13 12:29pm
Lewis Hamilton: Will be in new colours this season
Lewis Hamilton's first Mercedes car will be unveiled the day before the start of winter testing, at Jerez on February 4.
The team's 2013 challenger, the W04, will be launched at the southern Spanish circuit on the Monday afternoon, with Toro Rosso to unveil their STR8 later in the day at the same venue.
Testing on Sky Sports F1
From dawn to dusk, Sky Sports Online will be providing live interactive commentary from trackside at both Jerez and Barcelona on every day of testing this winter, while Sky Sports News will be providing regular live updates from the tests, starting with Jerez on February 5-8.
Expectations surrounding Mercedes are higher than ever this season following the spectacular coup of luring Hamilton from McLaren, although the 2008 World Champion has already ruled out a title challenge in year one.
Hamilton will be joined at Jerez by new team-mate Nico Rosberg, who stays on at Brackley for a fourth straight year, and Team Principal Ross Brawn to show off the W04 and conduct media interviews.
Provided the team hold no additional public events prior to the car's unveiling, February 4 will also mark Hamilton's first official public appearance in his new team's colours.
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Mercedes, whose confirmation of their reveal date arrived minutes before that of Toro Rosso, join traditional rivals Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari in announcing their launch plans for 2013.
Indeed, their February 4 event means different new cars will be unveiled on five conseuctive days from McLaren on January 31, with further teams likely to conduct a straightforward 'roll out' on the opening morning of testing.
2013 car launches
McLaren - January 31st, venue to be confirmed.
Force India - February 1st, Silverstone.
Ferrari - February 1st, Maranello.
Sauber - February 2nd, Hinwil.
Red Bull, February 3rd, Milton Keynes.
Mercedes, February 4th, Jerez.
Toro Rosso, February 4th, Jerez.