With launch season having started today with the Haas (livery) reveal, I got once again reminded how the current 'reveal-strategies' of the teams disappoint and annoy me. From the big over-the-top launch events in the late 90's we have gone to teams just revealing their - sometimes new but often the same - livery by some renders of an old car. Aston Martin and Ferrari seem to be the only teams that don't play launch games.
With F1 investing heavily on 'improving the show' with new aero rules, new formats, new graphics, new tracks, etc., I think the car launches is one part the seasonal show that is forgotten about and can easily be improved upon. By mandating them and regulating some (minimum) requirements.
What I would like to see and be set in rules is that there is a build-up and excitement being created to pre-season testing with the car launches, without the current disappointments of the mere 'livery reveals'. Giving us - armchair experts - some actual things to discuss, talk and analyse about.
My suggestion is three minimum requirements the teams have to fulfil for their launches:
1. Mandatory: Launching the new challenger before pre-season testing is mandatory.
2. Actual car: The car launched - visibly - has to be the car the team runs on the first pre-season test(day). (Disclaimer: not just for an installation lap to fulfil the requirement and then change the complete bodywork to the actual car).
3. Secrecy: The car has to be shown from all angles (front, side, back, top, side-front, side-back. Bottom not required). No hiding, blocking or blurring of parts allowed.
The teams are still free to organise their launch in the way they see fit. Either with an actual event or online, and by means of an actual car, photo's or renders. They can also still can organise a livery reveal (on an old car) before the launch if they would like.
Furthermore I would like to see a proper new season build-up being created by the car launches, by having the new cars being revealed in reverse order of last year's WCC standings. So you first get to see what last year's worst team has in store to move up the field with, to what teams have come up with to move closer to sharp end of the grid, to what teams hope to give last year's winner a run for their money with, and end with what the Championship winner will try to defend its title with. This way the top teams still enjoy a bit of 'waiting as long as possible to show their cards' as well.
Taking this year, in which pre-season testing starts on thursday February 23, as an example, I would have liked to see (and be set in the rules) is that we would have
Wed 01 feb: Williams
Fri 03 feb: AlphaTauri
Sun 05 feb: Haas
Tue 07 feb: Aston Martin
Thu 09 feb: Alfa Romeo
Sat 11 feb: McLaren
Mon 13 feb: Alpine
Wed 15 feb: Mercedes
Fri 17 feb: Ferrari
Sun 19 feb: Red Bull
What do you think about the (current) launches/reveals?