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A new era begins, first car launch dates trickling in....

Mercedes has confirmed that their new W05 chassis will be unveiled for the first time during the opening day of Formula One pre-season testing, Jan. 28, at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/07/mercedes-to-unveil-new-w05-at-jerez-test/

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Caterham will unveil its 2014 Formula 1 car on the morning of the opening winter test at Jerez.

The team joins Mercedes in holding a roll-out immediately prior to the start of testing in Spain on January 28.

Caterham's announcement confirms that its new chassis will be ready for the first test.

Earlier this week Lotus revealed that it would not run its car until the Bahrain tests in February.

Apart from Caterham and Mercedes, the only other F1 team to announce its 2014 launch plans so far is McLaren, which is doing an online unveiling on January 24.

Caterham will retain Renault power for 2014, but has yet to reveal its driver line-up.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112063

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FIA reveal the driver numbers for the new 2014 season

Red Bull

1: Sebastian Vettel.

3: Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes

44: Lewis Hamilton.

6: Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari

14: Fernando Alonso.

7: Kimi Raikkonen.

Lotus

8: Romain Grosjean. *

13: Pastor Maldonado. *

McLaren

22: Jenson Button.

20: Kevin Magnussen.

Force India

27: Nico Hulkenberg.

11: Sergio Perez.

Sauber

99: Adrian Sutil.

21: Esteban Gutierrez.

Toro Rosso

25: Jean Eric Vergne.

26: Daniel Kvyat.

Williams

19: Felipe Massa.

77: Valtteri Bottas.

Marussia

17: Jules Bianchi. *

TBC: Max Chilton. *

Caterham

Both drivers still to be confirmed.

* Subject to confirmation

http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9110078/go-figure-fia-reveal-the-driver-numbers-for-the-new-2014-season

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The father of Formula One star Jenson Button has been found dead after suffering a suspected heart attack.

John Button, who turned 70 last year, and was a popular member of the F1 paddock and an ever-present throughout his son's motorsport career, died at his home on the French Riviera.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-2538675/McLaren-star-Jenson-Buttons-dad-John-dead-suspected-heart-attack-aged-70.html#ixzz2qINLigxp

Sad news, RIP

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Ferrari announces 2014 F1 car launch date

Ferrari will unveil its 2014 Formula 1 car on the weekend before the first pre-season test begins at Jerez in Spain.

The Italian outfit has announced that images of its new challenger will be revealed on January 25 - just 24 hours after McLaren becomes the first team to launch its car.

Ferrari has also asked fans to help choose the designation of the car that Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will race this year.

It has asked supporters to pick their preferred choice out of five options: F14 T, F14 Maranello, F14 Scuderia, F166 Turbo or F616.

Fans have until next Friday to choose their favourite on Ferrari's official website, with the winning option being announced on January 24.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112133

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Caterham: Kobayashi & Ericsson named as drivers for 2014

Caterham have signed Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as the team's race drivers for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Japanese driver Kobayashi returns to the grid having been forced to sit out 2013 after losing his Sauber drive, while Swede Ericsson steps up from GP2.

Kobayashi said: "I'm very happy to be back in F1. This opportunity is very important. Hopefully we can enjoy a good season."

The Leafield-based team announcement completes the line-up for this season.

BBC

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FI have for a long time had the worst livery on the grid. This is something of an improvement.

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Williams reveals nose design in 2014 Formula 1 car image

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Williams has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal its nose design for 2014 by releasing a rendering of the new Mercedes-powered FW36.

New regulations for 2014 stipulate a high chassis with the nose tip at a height of 185mm, significantly lower than before.

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Ferrari's 2014 Formula One car will be called the F14 T after an online poll of fans, the Italian team said on Friday.

Ferrari said 1,123,741 votes were cast from 208 countries - as far afield as Palau, Greenland and Equatorial Guinea - over nine days between January 15 and 23 with the winning designation beating F166 Turbo by just 19,104.

http://au.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/21015470/ferrari-fans-settle-on-f14-t-for-new-f1-car/

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I liked the cars. They said they would be ugly due to many regulation changes, but I found the transition between the 2008 and 2009 seasons had a bigger impact on the look of the cars.

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Jerez Test 2014, Day One: F1's new V6s era begins with the sound of silence Kimi Raikkonen ends the day on top of the timesheets; Lewis Hamilton crashes out; Sebastian Vettel completes only three laps in new Red Bull; McLaren don't run at all

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F1's brave new world of turbo engines began with a bang and whimper at Jerez as the first day of 2014 winter testing fell flat with very limited running and Lewis Hamilton crashing out after a high-speed front-wing failure on his new Mercedes.

Hamilton's shuddering exit into the barriers at Turn One after 18 laps was the lone incident of note on a day that saw the eerie sound of silence descend over the Jerez circuit and accounted for less than a 100 laps with only six drivers completing a timed run.

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Jerez test, Day One timesheet:

1. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:27.104, 31 laps.

2. Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:27.820, 18 laps.

3. Bottas, Williams, 1:30.082, 7 laps.

4. Perez, Force India, 1.33:161, 11 laps.

5. Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:36.530, 15 laps.

6. Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:42.257, 7 laps.

7. Vettel, Red Bull, No time, 3 laps.

8. Ericsson, Caterham, No time, 1 lap.

9. Button, McLaren, No time, 0 laps.

http://www1.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9138256/jerez-test-2014-day-one-f1s-new-v6s-era-begins-with-the-sound-of-silence

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French doctors work to bring Schumacher out of coma

Michael Schumacher's sedation is being reduced to allow the "waking up process" to start, his manager says.

Bringing the Formula 1 legend out of his coma could take a long time, Sabine Kehm said in a statement.

Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December.

He was put into a medically induced coma by his doctors at a clinic in Grenoble after operations to remove blood clots from his brain.

Doctors have kept the 45-year-old German asleep to help reduce the swelling.

Ms Kehm was approached by the media for comment on Schumacher's condition on Wednesday - exactly a month after his crash. She said his condition remained "stable".

In her statement on Thursday, she said it had been agreed to communicate details of his sedation "only once this process was consolidated".

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