Until now, Mercedes GP, BMW Sauber and Lotus F1 Team have all announced official dates for their 2010 car unveilings (in Mercedes' case, it was actually a leaked date to the German media). Most of the championship's big guns will have their car ready by the February 1st deadline, which is when the first testing session of the off-season will get off, at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia.
Talking about the prospect of finally testing the McLaren MP4-25, former world champion Lewis Hamilton admitted his excitement, while also insisting that he and his teammate Jenson Button will have equal chances to driving it prior to the start of the season.
“I'm excited. I can't wait to see the new car and test it. Only once we've achieved that can we start looking at winning races and then, eventually, the world championship,” said Hamilton, according to the aforementioned source.
“Jenson and I will be sharing pre-season testing equally, and it will be important to keep a crossover of information between us to make sure we are both pulling in the right direction,” added the 25-year old Brit.
Earlier this month, Button also told the media that he and Ham should exchange as many information on the new car as possible, in order to work as a team and bring McLaren on top of the standings in 2010. However, as revealed by Hamilton, the two drivers are yet to meet as McLaren drivers.