Early launches for 2002 F1 cars?

Formula 1 technical regulations for 2002 may remain broadly similar to the season ended a few weeks ago, but certain changes, like the more stringent crash test requirements and the reinstatement of the previously banned pits to car transmissions,...

Formula 1 technical regulations for 2002 may remain broadly similar to the season ended a few weeks ago, but certain changes, like the more stringent crash test requirements and the reinstatement of the previously banned pits to car transmissions, mean that next year's chassis' designs will be considerably different, at least according to Team Jordan.

"Despite this stability on the rules front, the majority of teams will be producing completely new cars for next season, as technical development never stands still in grand prix racing," said a Jordan article on the issue. "However, with the current two month testing ban, there will be a mad scramble to rack up development miles, the moment the ban is lifted at the start of next year."

This will mean an earlier launch date for their 2002 challengers. Both Toyota and Jaguar have announced their launch dates, the first all Japanese team since 1968 in its debut year, launching at its headquarters in Cologne on December 17th and the Ford owned Jaguar in London on January fourth.

Jordan has revealed that its own schedule will more than likely remain as it always has and is not expecting to reveal the EJ12 until mid-to-late January, in the hope being able to develop the new car right up to the last minute.

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