Two teams announce 2009 car launch dates

Sun, 2 November 2008, 02:33

Nov.2 (GMM) Toyota and BMW-Sauber are the first two formula one teams to confirm launch dates for their 2009 cars

The Japanese team Toyota is to reveal its next car, to be called the TF109, on 16 January, probably at its Cologne headquarters in Germany

It is believed Toyota was the team referred to by Ron Dennis during a press conference at Interlagos, when the McLaren boss revealed that “there is one team that does not intend” to begin the 2009 season with a KERS system fitted to its cars

“I don’t think it’s in doubt that everybody else will have it,” he added

Dennis’ comments are said to have annoyed Toyota and some of his other fellow team bosses, as Toyota’s plans had been divulged in a confidential meeting of the FOTA alliance

BMW-Sauber will launch its 2009 car a few days after Toyota, on 20 January, when it unveils the F1.09 at the permanent Ricard Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain

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