F1 2013

Barcelona testing schedule – who’s driving?

With just over a month to go until the grid go racing in Melbourne, it’s time for the second of three pre-season tests that give the teams the chance to hone their 2013 machinery.

With this in mind, who and what can we look forward to over the next four days? Fernando Alonso is making his debut 2013 appearance by driving for Ferrari on three full days, while Mercedes repeat their Jerez pattern with Nico Rosberg taking first shot behind the wheel before handing over to Lewis Hamilton for Wednesday and Friday.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel will want to make up ground on his rivals in Barcelona.

World Champion Sebastian Vettel will want to make up ground on his rivals in Barcelona.

Force India are trialling Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi in an unofficial head-to-head, with the fastest widely suspected to be chosen for the last remaining seat open for 2013. Lotus will miss out on Wednesday running as they focus on developing the E21 ahead of the Australian Grand Prix

At the time of writing neither Red Bull nor Mclaren have finalised their schedule for the test, but it is likely a Jerez-style driver rotation will be used by both teams. Marussia will only drive on Tuesday, while Caterham too have yet to announce their plans for the week.

Day One – 19th Feb

Red Bull TBD
Ferrari Fernando Alonso
Mclaren TBD
Lotus Kimi Raikkonen
Mercedes Nico Rosberg
Sauber Esteban Gutierrez
Force India Paul Di Resta
Williams Pastor Maldonado
Toro Rosso TBD
Caterham TBD
Marussia Max Chilton

Day Two – 20th Feb

Red Bull TBD
Ferrari Fernando Alonso
Mclaren TBD
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton
Sauber Nico Hulkenberg
Force India Paul Di Resta
Williams Valtteri Bottas
Toro Rosso TBD
Caterham TBD

Day Three – 21st Feb

Red Bull TBD
Ferrari Fernando Alonso
Mclaren TBD
Lotus Romain Grosjean
Mercedes Nico Rosberg
Sauber Esteban Gutierrez
Force India Jules Bianchi
Williams Valtteri Bottas/Pastor Maldonado
Toro Rosso TBD
Caterham TBD

Day Four – 22nd Feb

Red Bull TBD
Ferrari Felipe Massa
Mclaren TBD
Lotus Romain Grosjean
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton
Sauber Esteban Gutierrez
Force India Jules Bianchi
Williams Valtteri Bottas/Pastor Maldonado
Toro Rosso TBD
Caterham TBD

 

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