2011 F1 testing
The 2011 F1 field assembles in Valencia for the first test of the year starting on Tuesday.
World champion Sebastian Vettel will put the first laps on the Red Bull RB7 on Tuesday before handing over to team mate Mark Webber.
McLaren test driver Gary Paffett will start testing in the team’s 2010 car before handing over to Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who will both be driving on Pirelli tyres for the first time.
Fernando Alonso will do the first two days of running in the Ferrari F150 which was launched yesterday. Felipe Massa will be in the car for the last day of the test.
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will share driving duties in the new Mercedes W02 on the first day of the test.
Here’s the driver line-up for the Valencia test:
|Team||Car||Tuesday 1st||Wednesday 2nd||Thursday 3rd|
|Red Bull||RB7||Sebastian Vettel||Sebastian Vettel (am)
Mark Webber (pm)
|McLaren||MP4-25||Gary Paffett||Lewis Hamilton||Jenson Button|
|Ferrari||F150||Fernando Alonso||Fernando Alonso||Felipe Massa|
|Mercedes||W02||Nico Rosberg (am)
Michael Schumacher (pm)
|Renault||R31||Vitaly Petrov||Robert Kubica||Robert Kubica|
|Williams||FW33||Rubens Barrichello||Rubens Barrichello (am)
Pastor Maldonado (pm)
|Force India||VJM03||Nico Hülkenberg (am)
Paul di Resta (pm)
|Paul di Resta||Adrian Sutil|
|Sauber||C30||Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez||Sergio Perez|
|Toro Rosso||STR6||Jaime Alguersuari||Jaime Alguersuari (am)
Sebastien Buemi (pm)
|Lotus||TL11||None||Heikki Kovalainen||Jarno Trulli|
|Virgin||VR-01||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Jerome d’Ambrosio||Timo Glock|
HRT have not yet announced who will be driving for them but expect new signing Narain Karthikeyan to be at the wheel.
Lotus are not running on the first day of the test, but will be staying in Valencia for an extra day to test in private. Kovalainen and Trulli will share the car on that day.
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