Kimi slip reveals Ferrari launch date

Thu, 6 December 2007, 09:36

Ferrari’s 2008 car is to be launched on 7 January, according to an apparent slip-of-the-tongue by new world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

The German magazine Auto Motor und Sport suggests that the Finn mistakenly revealed the information to the media, thinking that his Maranello based employer had already announced the news.

Ferrari’s head of track activities Luca Baldisserri had already revealed that the new car, to be an “evolution” of the current F2007, will be tested for the first time at Jerez on 14 January.

Auto Motor und Sport also reports that McLaren intends to have its MP4-23 completed by the first week of January, while Toyota and Williams all want to go to the Jerez test in mid-January with their 2008 cars.

BMW-Sauber will launch the F1.08 on 14 January before testing it at Valencia a day later, while Red Bull has scheduled to have its Adrian Newey-penned RB4 up and running around the same time.

Honda will reportedly present the new RA108 at Valencia on 21 January, while Renault appears headed for a launch in the last week of the month.

Force India, meanwhile, is expected to launch its first formula one campaign under new ownership in Delhi, the Indian capital.

It is believed that Super Aguri and Toro Rosso will begin the 2008 season with their existing cars.

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