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Driver line-up confirmed for first Jerez test

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Here is the confirmed driver line-up for this week’s test at Jerez.

World champion Sebastian Vettel will be first to drive the new Red Bull RB10 on Tuesday.

Kimi Raikkonen will also have his first run back at the wheel of a Ferrari.

Tuesday 28th Wednesday 29th Thursday 30th Friday 31st
Red Bull Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg
Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Kimi Raikkonen Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso
McLaren Jenson Button Jenson Button Kevin Magnussen Kevin Magnussen
Force India Sergio Perez Nico Hulkenberg Daniel Juncadella TBC
Sauber Esteban Gutierrez Esteban Gutierrez Adrian Sutil Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne Daniil Kvyat Jean-Eric Vergne Daniil Kvyat
Williams Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Bottas Felipe Massa Felipe Massa
Caterham Marcus Ericsson Marcus Ericsson Robin Frijns Kamui Kobayashi
Marussia Max Chilton Jules Bianchi Jules Bianchi Max Chilton

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24 comments on “Driver line-up confirmed for first Jerez test”

        1. Pirelli changed them – changing the compound to operate in more diverse circumstances and upped their capacity for clearing water to 65 L (from 60l), in a bid to make wet tyres more usable in real life F1 @kingshark.
          I would say its good to see they want to test it, surely they were annoyed by having to bring wets that are just off to the bin after each race even if its wet-ish too.

  1. With the last day scheduled for testing on a wet track, unless it rains any of the previous days, Force India did the smartest thing to leave the last day as TBC. Incase, it is wet tyres testing as scheduled, my bet would be that Sergio and Nico would share the driving duties on that day. Not bad IMO.

  2. So Lotus is the only who isn’t running huh? I wonder if someone pulled a fast one on Boullier, he was so adamant Lotus wasn’t the only one missing the Jerez test. With the 20/20 vision of hindsight, I’m really glad that Hulkenberg ended up at Force India instead of Lotus…

  3. I guess there must be a rule against it, I was surprised to see that drivers are sharing 1 car instead of, for the top teams at least, 2 cars being flogged mercilesslly for all 4 days.

  4. Huh? Ericsson gets 2 days and Kobayashi only 1?
    Caterham must have more faith in his abilities than most people do. Exciting stuff though, as I’m kinda rooting for him.

    1. I think our best bet is to follow the live commentaries. Both Autosport and BBC did one last year for most of the track days, both with different emphasis to each other, so they should cover things nicely. Apart from that you only need photos to spot the new cars and the results to see who ran how much – lap times obviously make no difference this time apart from making the headlines.

      1. And on top of that, teams carry out their own testing regiments, with their own performance objectives – which they do not share. Live coverage of testing would therefore consist of commentators sitting around for eight hours, trying to guess at what teams might be trying to do at any given moment.

        Personally, I would prefer if there was no coverage of testing st all. It is far too easy for people to start reading too much into lap times and perceived performance. Let the teams test in private, away from the public’s constant need for information and updates.

        1. Personally, I would prefer if there was no coverage of testing st all. It is far too easy for people to start reading too much into lap times and perceived performance

          I disagree with that notion @prisoner-monkeys.

          Nowadays we would have spy shots all over the internet anyway. Instead it would be far better if teams and the promotor used the tests to show far more of what is going on behind closed doors.
          Just look at what Vettel mentioned yesterday “there is a lot of technology in there, very interesting and complicated. But no one is ever going to see that” – wouldn’t it be great to get to see far more of that part of the cars in the pre-season? Why do we have a Craig Scarborough sitting in a studio with P. Windsor doing a webcast with one 1-2 pieces of real cars once in a while, when instead we could have a team show it live on the car.

          Oh, and I know that is as likely to happen anytime soon as having the Jersey race or have the teams and the FIA actually agreeing on a reasonable budget cap. But it doesn’t mean that those things wouldn’t be a real boon for the sport.

  5. So Sky have a HD and SD channel dedicated to Formula 1 and atm it’s showing an old interview with Jenson Button from Spa last year. Absolutely terrible. Given the rule changes this could have attracted significant viewing numbers.

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