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Happy holidays from Formula1.com 24 Dec 2004

Three Santa Claus in the shape of Rubens Barrichello (BRA), Michael Schumacher (GER) and Luca Badoer (ITA) give out Christmas presents to children of Ferrari and Maserati employees. Maranello, 16 December 2001. World © © Ferrari Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, 11 September 2004 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari 
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, 10 October 2004 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault celebrates pole position.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 28 August 2004 Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar on his scooter.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Practice, Magny Cours, France, 2 July 2004

2004 has been a great year for Formula One racing and as it draws to a close we would like to thank you for your support over the past season and wish all our users the very best for the holiday period.

Needless to say the first month of 2005 already looks set to be a busy one as the teams gear up for the opening round of the new season in Australia. At least three of them have already confirmed plans to launch their new cars in January.

Williams kick off proceedings on Friday, January 7, when they will reveal their 2005 driver line-up and livery in Bahrain. The FW27, the car they hope will finally end Ferrari’s stranglehold on the constructors’ championship, will then be unveiled in Valencia, Spain on Monday, January 31.

Between those two dates, both Sauber and BAR will be showing their 2005 machines to the press. The wraps come off the Sauber C24 in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, January 11, while the first glimpse of the BAR 007 will be in Barcelona on Sunday, January 16.

Of course, there will also be plenty of testing activity following the mid-winter break, with the majority of teams expected to return to track action in the week commencing Monday, January 10.

We will, as always, be keeping you informed of all the developments from the world of Formula One racing, so stay in touch with Formula1.com throughout the countdown to Melbourne on March 6 for the latest updates.

In the meantime, have a great holiday season and a very happy New Year!

See also: 2005 calendar
See also: 2005 team and driver line-up