Driver line-up confirmed for Jerez test

2012 F1 season

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber C31, Jerez, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi shook down the Sauber C31 at Jerez today

All bar one of the F1 teams will be in action at the Jerez circuit in Spain for a four-day test starting tomorrow.

Marussia will miss the first test session of the year.

In all, eight examples of 2012 machinery will be present from Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Caterham and Williams – the latter set to be launched tomorrow morning.

Mercedes and HRT will run their 2011 cars.

Here is the driver line-up for the test as it stands:

Team Car Tuesday 7th Wednesday 8th Thursday 9th Friday 10th
Red Bull RB8 Mark Webber Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel
McLaren MP4-27 Jenson Button Jenson Button Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari F2012 Felipe Massa Felip Massa Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso
Mercedes W02 Nico Rosberg/Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Not running
Lotus E20 Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen Romain Grosjean Romain Grosjean
Force India VJM05 Paul di Resta Jules Bianchi/Paul di Resta Jules Bianchi/Nico Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber C31 Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez Sergio Perez Kamui Kobayashi
Toro Rosso STR7 Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo Jean-Eric Vergne Jean-Eric Vergne
Williams FW34 Pastor Maldonado Pastor Maldonado Bruno Senna Bruno Senna
Caterham CT01 Heikki Kovalainen Heikki Kovalainen Giedo van der Garde Jarno Trulli
HRT F111 Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa TBC TBC

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32 comments on Driver line-up confirmed for Jerez test

  1. Enigma (@enigma) said on 6th February 2012, 22:25

    You left out Bianchi – he’ll be doing morning runs for Force India on days 2 and 3.

  2. Jake (@jleigh) said on 6th February 2012, 22:26

    It’s that time of year again! When my girlfriend becomes increasingly frustrated as I sit for hours, glued to my laptop, constantly refreshing numerous tabs over and over…. LOVE IT!!!

  3. Ben (@nebjamin) said on 6th February 2012, 22:43

    Does anyone know where there will be live timings?

    • Ben (@dirtyscarab) said on 7th February 2012, 0:24

      Autosport will do live text updates and I’m guessing that there will be a few spanish websites offering fairly up to date live times from Jerez like there were last year.

  4. John H (@john-h) said on 6th February 2012, 23:27

    Looking forward to seeing what Vettel will name his chassis :)

  5. Shame its not on TV, but cant wait to read up on each session.

    Im tipping Maldonado to be 1st to crash a car this season, or atleast bring out a Red Flag. Call it a hunch.

  6. PatMac (@patmac) said on 6th February 2012, 23:40

    Why isn’t Mercedes running on Friday? Any particular reason for that decision?

    • Enigma (@enigma) said on 6th February 2012, 23:58

      They’re only here to test the tyres and to give the drivers some track time, so they don’t need that much time. It would be completely different if they had their new car here, as they would want to get as much running as possible.

      That’s how I see it anyway.

  7. Legomanshair said on 7th February 2012, 1:07

    If one of these stepped nose cars hit a tyre barrier head on, it will be like throwing a dart into a dartboard!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th February 2012, 7:13

      They do have frontal impact crash tests for precisely that reason, you now. In that respect this year’s cars are little different to last year’s.

  8. matt90 (@matt90) said on 7th February 2012, 2:11

    Did HRT make any tests with the ’10 car last year? I know the ’11 car didn’t see daylight until Aus, but I was wondering if just making a test is an improvement for them.

    • TheBrav3 said on 8th February 2012, 5:40

      It’s a massive improvement 2010 their first laps were done in qualy and 2011 3rd practice i think

  9. BradFerrari (@brad-ferrari) said on 7th February 2012, 4:42

    What time does each test day start and finish?


  10. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th February 2012, 4:48

    Why does Marussia decide to miss the first test? even HRT would run their last car…

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th February 2012, 10:34

    I’m trying to find a reason why timing will be relevant.

    It largely won’t!

    I want to get excited about it, I guess I can get excited about seeing the cars move but that’s about it.

  12. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 7th February 2012, 10:37

    Interesting that Caterham are putting Giedo van der Garde in the car before Jarno Trulli (much less at all). I heard a rumour the other day – probably here – that Vitaly Petrov had an agreement in principle with the team to take Trulli’s seat, but had untl today to find sponsors. But now Trulli will not be getting into the car until Friday; I wonder if Caterham are buying Petrov some extra time?

  13. David. said on 9th February 2012, 15:46

    It would be a shame to loose Petrov.

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