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Mercedes reveal launch date, and Force India to miss first test

Mercedes GP have announced their car launch date to be the 25th February. The car, to be called the RB1 (named after Ross Brawn), will be revealed in the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart.

Also, Force India have announced that they are to to join Red Bull in not attending the first F1 test, on the 1st February, in Valencia. Instead, the VJM03 will first be run on the 10th February, in Jerez.

Adrian Sutil has told Formula1.com that this is to have more development time – a similar strategy to Red Bull.

“The whole team is hard at work developing the best car possible and it looks very, very promising right now,” explained Sutil.

“For sure the new rules are a big challenge for everybody, so to make a clear statement about how good we have been in interpreting those new regulations we will have to wait until the first test in Jerez, where I will drive the VJM3 for the first time.”

Sutil: F1 too safe for its own good

Adrian Sutil in Abu Dhabi

Adrian Sutil in Abu Dhabi

Adrian Sutil has hit out against the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, branding it “safe but boring”.

In an interview with The Times of India, he said of the circuit:

“It was just straight and really, really boring. But I probably cannot say anything bad about it for it’s safe, like what all modern circuits should be.”

His opinion didn’t stop at the Yas Marina circuit, saying that many drivers felt that F1 was losing its thrill, because of boring circuits. He stated:

“The majority of the drivers feel this way. Of course there are a few who like the way it is, safe. There will always be different opinions about it but most of them would say there can be some changes in the circuits.”

“”Everyone loves driving because there is thrill in it. If it was not dangerous, maybe so many drivers would not be doing it.”

“Maybe there are certain risks in it but if you don’t take those risks, it would get boring. Circuits are getting too safe and driving is not so nice anymore.”

The Indian Grand Prix is scheduled for 2011, and Sutil hopes that the designers will listen to him, and put in fast and challenging corners. Unfortunately, the draft layout by Herman Tilke last November seems to indicate many slow corners, such as hairpins and chicanes.

In my opinion, we need a wide variety of circuits on the F1 calendar. Slow and difficult to overtake circuits like Monaco and Hungary should stay, while we also need high-speed challenges like Spa, Brazil and Monza. A few medium circuits like Turkey, Malaysia and China should stay also. Because of the new tracks coming in in the next few years, Barcelona should probably go.

Force India retain Sutil and Liuzzi for 2010

Force India have announced that they have retained Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi for the 2010 season. The team believes that this will give consistency in their driver line-up.

2010 will be Sutil’s fourth season in F1. He started in 2006 with Force India’s predecessors, Midland, as a test/reserve driver. He then went to a race seat with Spyker for 2007.

“2010 will be my fourth consecutive year with the team,” said Sutil. “I feel good here, it feels like family, and when you feel at ease you can focus your energy 100 percent on getting it right on track. Next season I want to be in the points on a regular basis, maybe even challenging for the podium, and the team has exactly the same goals. We are going massively in the right direction so with our combined energies I’m confident we can achieve even more than last season.”

Tonio has kept his seat since his move up from test driver in Monza this year, when Giancarlo Fisichella moved to Ferrari. He had made his debut in 2005 for Red Bull, and moved to Toro Rosso for 2006 and 2007.  He then moved to being test driver for Force India for 2008.

Tonio said, “It was always my goal to be back racing in 2010 and I’ve finally achieved it. I feel the five races I did in 2009 were a bit of a warm-up; get back racing, learn the car, get the feeling back. Now I’ve done that I feel ready to really push next season. We were pretty strong in the last part of the 2009 season so if we pick up where we stopped I think we could be in for a good year. For sure points are the aim and showing everyone what we can do.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal of Force India, stated, “We are very pleased to retain the services of both Adrian and Tonio for another season. We have always maintained that consistency is key at this stage in the team’s development and for the first time in many years we will have the continuity of not only the same drivers, but also the same engine and senior management. With this stability now in place I truly believe we have an excellent platform to build on and move forward on our strong 2009 performance. I am sure we have one of the most dynamic line-ups on the grid and I hope this will stand us in good stead in what we all hope will be a transitional year for the team.”

However, the role of third driver has not been announced yet. Next week, Force India will hold a young driver test, featuring Paul di Resta and current Indy Lights champion JR Hildebrand. The test will be three days long, and will be held on the Jerez circuit starting next Tuesday.

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