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Countdown to car launches begins... 09 Jan 2007

(L to R): Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF106 and Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF106 with the new TF106. Toyota TF106 Launch, France, 14 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton The new BMW Sauber F1.06. BMW Sauber Launch, Valencia, Spain, 17 January 2006. World © Capilitan/Sutton Williams FW28 rear wing detail. Williams FW28 Launch, Williams HQ, Grove, Oxfordshire, England, 27 January 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton (L to R): Aldo Costa (ITA) Ferrari Assistant Chief Designer; Paulo Martinelli (ITA) Ferrari Engine Director; Luca di Montezemolo (ITA) Ferrari Team Manager; Pierre Lardi Ferrari (ITA); Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari Test Driver; Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari; Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari; Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director. Ferrari 248 F1 Launch, Mugello, Italy, 23 January 2006. World ©  Sutton SAKHIR,BAHRAIN,09.MAR.06 - FORMULA 1, MOTORSPORT - The 1002nd Arabian Night. Image shows the new Red Bull Racing car. © GEPA pictures/ Franz Pammer

Teams prepare to reveal their latest designs

With 2007 already more than a week old, the Formula One teams are looking forward to the new season with gusto and, over the next month, the majority are set to officially unveil their new cars.

Toyota will kick off proceedings this Friday when the wraps come off the TF107 at the team’s German base in Cologne. Ferrari look set to be next in line, with the Italian squad expected to brief the media on their 2007 challenger on Sunday, January 14.

McLaren’s 2007 machine, complete with revised livery inspired by new title sponsors Vodafone, will be unveiled a day later on January 15 at a special presentation in Valencia. Fernando Alonso is expected to enjoy a shakedown test in the car two days later. McLaren will be joined at the Spanish circuit by BMW Sauber, who launch their new car, the F1.07, on January 16.

Honda will reveal their 2007 challenger, the RA107, on January 24 during testing at Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya. The Japanese team’s car will be officially presented to the media a day later - though in testing, rather than race, colours. A special livery launch is set to take place at a later date in February.

Renault are also planning a two-pronged approach. Although the world champions’ 2007 car will be officially unveiled in Amsterdam on January 24, it won't be the first sighting of the team’s new machine - the R27 is set to make its debut appearance over a week earlier during testing at Spain’s Jerez circuit.

Elsewhere in Spain, Red Bull will reveal the long-awaited Adrian-Newey designed RB3. The media will get their first glimpse of the team’s 2007 car on January 26 at a special event held at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Williams will wait until February 2 to unveil their new car. The wraps will come off the Toyota-powered FW29 at the team’s UK factory in Grove, before it heads straight to Jerez to make its inaugural test outing the following week.

Spyker have yet to announce official launch plans, but new driver Adrian Sutil has revealed that he hopes to test the team’s 2007 car at Silverstone in early February. Similarly, Toro Rosso have said no more than they expect to test their new car for the first time in late January/early February. There has been no official word on the new Super Aguri.

Be sure to stay in touch with Formula1.com over the coming weeks for the latest news and pictures of all the 2007 cars.