JANUARY 6, 1997
When are the cars due?
WITH only a couple of days between the New Year and the weekend there was not much activity around Europe.
The coming week will see two cars being unveiled: the new Ferrari at Fiorano on Tuesday and the Arrows-Yamaha A18 at the Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham, in England, on Wednesday. The Ferrari will be a development of the 1996 F310 which Ferrari engineers hope will be a lot more competitive in comparison to the Williams-Renault. The Arrows-Yamaha will also probably have a strong likeness to last year's FA18 Arrows chassis.
McLaren is expected to be the next major team to launch with the car scheduled for completion by January 13, although no date has yet been set for any official launch.
The Tyrrell-Ford 025 is to be launched in London on January 20 and will be followed by several other launches, notably Benetton on January 23 and Williams on January 24. The new Jordan will be ready to run on January 27 but may be launched prior to the test. Minardi and Ligier are both expected to be ready around the same period, while Sauber and Lola are not expected to be ready until mid-February.