Rubens Barrichello, Williams FW33, Valencia, 2011

Williams to launch FW34 today as testing starts in Jerez

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Williams FW33, Valencia, 2011
The Williams FW33 in its testing livery

Williams will become the latest team to reveal their 2012 F1 contender today.

The FW34 is due to be revealed at 7:30am UK time.

The first day of testing at Jerez will begin shortly afterwards and we will be following its progress on F1 Fanatic Live as usual.

Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso launches

Check out the updated coverage of yesterday’s launches featuring video of all the cars including HD footage of the Red Bull RB8 and Kamui Kobayashi doing his first laps in the Sauber C31:

Thanks to ECWDanSelby for his help processing and uploading the videos.


F1 teams seek guidance on Bahrain situation (Reuters)

Eric Boullier: “We have commitments with regard to the Formula One championship, so it is not an easy decision to take. Right now we are awaiting feedback from the FIA on whether or not we go.”

Alguersuari: I turned down a ’12 seat (Autosport)

“I was verbally confirmed during the Brazilian GP. Hence, being confirmed by Red Bull and STR, I rejected a very good offer. On December 13th, when Red Bull Racing told me that I was no longer part of the family I said that I was not going to judge them, neither I was feeling like a victim and that this was not a drama. But let me say just one thing: they hurt me, and moreover, it was unnecessary.”

Technical Q&A: Red Bull?s Adrian Newey on the RB8 (F1)

“Regulation restrictions like the lost exhaust are a bit frustrating in truth, because they are exactly that, they are restrictions, they?re not giving new opportunities or revenues particularly, they?re just closing a door. Regulation changes I enjoy, regulation restrictions I rather lament.”

Daniel Ricciardo via Twitter

“Was a great feeling sliding off the STR7’s dress today. And no bra! Too easy.”

Ted Kravitz via Twitter

“A few things from Jerez: Renault ran ‘active’ ride device in Brazil practice but not qualifying or race, was intended to be on car for Australia.”

Follow F1 news as it breaks using the F1 Fanatic live Twitter app.

Comment of the day

Is Red Bull’s livery getting a bit long in the tooth? Time to try something new? Calum says no:

I like teams keeping the same brand identity. In years to come we will look back at the chrome cars and the blue ones with yellow noses in various F1 history books and clearly pick out the McLaren and Red Bull, in the same way we look at history books and know a white and red chevron is most likely a McLaren, and the blue and yellow is a Williams from the 80s and 90s.

Teams that are constantly changing their livery get lost in historic pictures, but those who don?t change build a strong image that sticks in the mind. Red Bull are doing that, McLaren and Ferrari are doing it and Force India are getting into it now with three years of their Indian flag livery.

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On this day in F1

Ten years ago today then-FIA president Max Mosley urged new cost controls for Formula 1, including restricting drivers to one engine per car from 2003.

Under today’s rules drivers have to use one engine for as many as three races.

Image ?? Williams/LAT