Driver line-up set for first F1 test of 2011

2011 F1 testing

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Valencia, 2010

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Valencia, 2010

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)
Mark Webber
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)
TBC TBC
Renault R31 Vitaly Petrov Robert Kubica Robert Kubica
Williams FW33 Rubens Barrichello Rubens Barrichello (am)
Pastor Maldonado (pm)
Pastor Maldonado
Force India VJM03 Nico H?â??lkenberg (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)
Sebastien Buemi
Lotus TL11 None Heikki Kovalainen Jarno Trulli
HRT F110 TBC TBC TBC
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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55 comments on Driver line-up set for first F1 test of 2011

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th January 2011, 20:02

    3 cars just sounds messy to me.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th January 2011, 6:43

    Putting Hulkenberg in the Force India is a waste of time. Paul di Resta needs as much time as he ca to develop the car. Adrian Sutil needs to log hours so that the team have data to run with. Hulkenberg isn’t a rookie, so he doesn’t need any time in the car. And he’s only been in the sport for a year, so he probably won’t be able to provide the same level of feedback as Sutil.

    At least Force India aren’t running the VJM04.

  3. Narain is confirmed for HRT for today

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