F1 news: Mercedes and co set to unveil new cars ahead of 2017 launch

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Teams contesting the 2017 FIA F1 World Championship are preparing to launch their cars for the new season.

With the first F1 pre-season test just over one week away, the next few days will see all of the teams registered for the 2017 season roll their new cars out. The Silverstone-based Force India team will show their car for the first time at Silverstone on February 22, while Brackley-based Mercedes follow just one day later with their Silver Arrow.

Ferrari are scheduled to show their new challenger on February 24, with Toro Rosso opting for a launch in Barcelona on February 26, just one day ahead of the start of testing.

Sergio Perez will lead Force India this season, and he says: “I am really looking forward to seeing the new Force India car. We had a great season in 2016 and we are looking to further enhance our standing in 2017. We are confident of a good season.”

Marc Gene, the former Buckingham University student who is an official test and reserve driver for Scuderia Ferrari, will be present at the Ferrari launch.

He said: “A new Ferrari F1 car is always really exciting to see. New regulations for the 2017 season will see the cars looking more aggressive and as a result lap times will decrease and speeds increase. It will be good to see the red car, and then we can look forward to it running on-track for the first time.”