Driver line-up confirmed for Barcelona test

2012 F1 testing

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Jerez, 2012

The second pre-season test of 2012 begins tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The four-day test will see the first official appearance of the Mercedes W03.

Vitaly Petrov will have his first run at the wheel of the Caterham CT01 after being confirmed at the team last week.

At Williams, reigning GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas will have a full day in the team’s new car. Bottas will drive for the team during some Friday practice sessions this year.

Rookie Charles Pic will get three days at the wheel of Marussia’s 2011 car. HRT will not run at the first of the two tests at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Here is the full line-up of drivers at the test:

Team Car Tuesday 21st Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th
Red Bull RB8 Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber Mark Webber
McLaren MP4-27 Lewis Hamilton Leiws Hamilton Jenson Button Jenson Button
Ferrari F2012 Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa Felipe Massa
Mercedes W03 Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg Michael Schumacher Nico Rosberg
Lotus E20 Romain Grosjean Romain Grosjean Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen
Force India VJM05 Nico Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg Paul di Resta Paul di Resta
Sauber C31 Sergio Perez Sergio Perez Kamui Kobayashi Kamui Kobayashi
Toro Rosso STR7 Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo Jean-Eric Vergne Jean-Eric Vergne
Williams FW34 Bruno Senna Valtteri Bottas Pastor Maldonado Pastor Maldonado
Caterham CT01 Heikki Kovalainen Vitaly Petrov Vitaly Petrov Heikki Kovalainen
Marussia MVR-02 Charles Pic Charles Pic Timo Glock Charles Pic

F1 Fanatic Live will be running on all four days of the test.

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26 comments on Driver line-up confirmed for Barcelona test

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 20th February 2012, 10:25

    I’m surprised Marussia are attending all four days of the test. I think it would be smarter to give the car to Pic for Tuesday and Wednesday, hand it over to Glock on Thursday, and then skip Friday and work out a private test day ahead of the final session. Five days with the MR-01 is better than four.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 20th February 2012, 10:40

      @prisoner-monkeys

      skip Friday and work out a private test day ahead of the final session. Five days with the MR-01 is better than four.

      If that’s an option: What you’re suggesting would require them paying for an entire day’s testing themselves. And it’s clear this is not a team that’s rolling in cash.

      • matt90 said on 20th February 2012, 12:10

        Perhaps it’s something they could try and do with HRT, assuming between the two teams they have the funds.

      • What you’re suggesting would require them paying for an entire day’s testing themselves. And it’s clear this is not a team that’s rolling in cash.

        Depends on how much money an extra day of testing would cost. An extra $10K won’t make much of a difference on their budget.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 20th February 2012, 13:21

          I wouldn’t make that assumption.

          • TheBrav3 said on 20th February 2012, 15:13

            Yeah 10k lol for track rental medical staff helicopters hotels team personal and transporting erm no. A redbull team member said to peter windsor recently that 1 extra day onto the end of each grandprix weekend to test would cost 15 million a year. It’s probably an innacurate figure but that’s still per team if all the teams showed up 10k barely gets you a sandwich and a cup of tea in f1.

  2. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 20th February 2012, 11:51

    Still weird seeing Petrov’s name next to Kovalainen’s…

  3. Metal Mr. L (@metalluigi) said on 20th February 2012, 11:54

    I keep seeing on different sites that the STR boys are in opposite order.

  4. interesting how schumacher is the only driver that will run against the entire field this session (except for Bottas that is).

  5. JCost (@jcost) said on 20th February 2012, 15:23

    Can wait for the real thing, testing is so hard to read, of course we can see who’s not good and who’s on the right track but we don’t have enough information to understand how good or bad they are. Thank God we’re less than a month away from ‘kick-of’.

  6. Shrieker (@shrieker) said on 20th February 2012, 19:53

    Who is Leiws :D

  7. Eggry (@eggry) said on 20th February 2012, 23:18

    3 days for Pic is quite interesting. why?

  8. Sean (@spaceman1861) said on 21st February 2012, 6:31

    When does testing start?

  9. Akin Aslan said on 21st February 2012, 10:11

    Who is Leiws Hamilton?? He or She is driving on wednesday!

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