Peugeot F1 Team have unveiled their first challenger to compete in the F1F VGPC today. Peugeot have been teasing fans with an early release of images of the car that will be raced by Lewis Ellington and Regi Abott in the coming season.
The team had confirmed that TSB would be the team's title sponsor and has reflected this on the car visually. The challenger was be the second of the cars to be revealed, following the launch of Force Australia.
It was the intentions of the team to reveal the car yesterday. However, following the accident of Ivan Lesic in the race, the launch was postponed as he was treated in hospital.
Chairman of Peugeot Motorsport and Team Principal of Peugeot F1 Team Kazuki Armos praised the team's efforts at the launch. 'Season 1 was a challenging season for Meteor. We struggled throughout the season to extract as much as possible from the car until the end of the season and I am very impressed with our 6th place finish. Going forward into next season I know we have two very strong drivers on board, and experienced reserves. As a team, we know what is expected of us and we are hoping to deliver this. We are pleased to announce that Gavin Burkitt will take over as Technical Director and that Michael Godbold will take over from Allen Ledesma as General Manager and Deputy Team Principal. With such a strong technical and racing line up we are hoping this will be a season to remember for Peugeot.'
Both drivers were also present at the launch. Lewis Ellington the team's leading race driver said, 'I have said many times before that I am very happy to be racing this car this season. I feel with upmost confidence that I can bring the car to success and that this will be a memorable season for me. I very much doubt that being out of the majority of season 1 will effect me massively. I have been working close with the team ever since preparing for racing again.'
'Nobody can be 100% certain that we will be champions next season. I am confident that this car should produce solid and competitive results. I am very much looking forward to my first permanent race seat and I am very happy to be representing Peugeot in their first season', said Regi Abott.
Reserve Drivers Ivan Lesic and Fillipio Fazio praised the team for their work on the car and said that they are both very much hoping to aid the team's development in producing a strong competitive car throughout the season.
An image gallery is present below showing the launch spec of the PGP-14.