13 F1 teams to unveil 2010 cars in joint launch

All 13 Formula One teams will unveil their 2010 cars in a joint

launch next month in Valencia, Spain.

Mercedes GP chief executive Nick Fry said Thursday the launch

date has not been decided. But it will take place just before the

first testing session of the season at the Cheste Circuit in

Valencia.

“We’re not all just going off and doing our own individual

launches,” Fry said. “We can do something which is a lot more

customer friendly.”

Fry said the team, which bought out Brawn GP last month, would

be making a driver announcement by early January. It has already

signed Nico Rosberg to replace world champion Jenson Button and has

been linked with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

“We learned very clearly this year that you’ve got to have two

drivers capable of scoring points in every single race,” Fry said.

“With the lack of testing it’s very difficult to expect a younger

driver to do that, so clearly highest on our list are people with

F1 experience.”