Driver line-up for final pre-season test in Bahrain

2014 F1 season

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014The final pre-season test of 2014 begins in Bahrain tomorrow and all bar one of the teams have confirmed their driver line-up for the four days of running.

World champions Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will be on-track together for the final day of the test on Sunday, two weeks before the first race of the season begins in Melbourne.

Heading into the final test Marussia driver Max Chilton has covered the least distance so far, managing just 135km, will team mate Jules Bianchi completing little more than that.

Daniel Ricciardo is another driver whose total running so far amount to less than a race distance. He will spend the first two days of the test at the wheel of Red Bull’s RB10, which has proved troublesome so far.

Williams are yet to confirm the running order of their drivers in full but Valtteri Bottas has indicated he will drive the car on day one of the test.

Here is the line-up for the final four days of testing:

Team Thursday 27th Friday 28th Saturday 1st Sunday 2nd
Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo Daniel Ricciardo Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel
Mercedes Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Fernando Alonso Kimi Raikkonen Fernando Alonso
Lotus Pastor Maldonado Pastor Maldonado Romain Grosjean Romain Grosjean
McLaren Kevin Magnussen Jenson Button Kevin Magnussen Jenson Button
Force India Sergio Perez Sergio Perez Nico Hulkenberg Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber Adrian Sutil Esteban Gutierrez Adrian Sutil Esteban Gutierrez
Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat Jean-Eric Vergne Daniil Kvyat Jean-Eric Vergne
Williams Valtteri Bottas TBC TBC TBC
Marussia Max Chilton Jules Bianchi Jules Bianchi Max Chilton
Caterham Kamui Kobayashi Marcus Ericsson Kamui Kobayashi Marcus Ericsson

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18 comments on Driver line-up for final pre-season test in Bahrain

  1. Jack (@jmc200) said on 26th February 2014, 21:40

    That Ferrari’s looking better every time I see it… This test it so crucial, If Red Bull are going to have any say in the first few races, they need to act now. Ferrari are reliable but don’t seem as quick as Mercedes and McLaren. Williams look really strong.

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 26th February 2014, 22:41

      Come on, that Ferrari is ugly!? Only better than the Caterham and Force India to be honest.

    • Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 26th February 2014, 22:43

      I already see f1-pundits talking about “if only every F1 car had the same engines, only then we could see which CAR is fastest. Now the engine-fuzz ruines everything”. Counting down the time we’ll hear that bs… Who will be fist to say it?

    • JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 27th February 2014, 0:03

      Looking better as in performance compared to last year?
      But looks in term of the car I’m still trying to get use to it though.
      Just hope they will be on par with Merc and Mc for the test this week.

  2. Palle (@palle) said on 26th February 2014, 22:05

    RBR, Lotus and Force India have divided their drivers so that no. 2 driver has the job of ironing out technical problems and issues over the first 2 days, while no. 1 driver can benefit and concentrate on the fine tuning over the last 2 days.
    Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren way of letting the 2 drivers take one day at a time, with the no. 1 driver to do the last day, indicates also that they are in the process of fine tuning.
    I would be surprised if we don’t see the podium in Melbourne filled with only drivers from Mercedes, Ferrari and/or McLaren. But over the season I’m sure RBR will catch up and maybe Lotus will shine every now and then. But of course the fuel limitation is a joker this year. Who will get it right and who will get it terribly wrong? 16 days to Qualifying;-)

  3. F1Sidewinda (@f1sidewinda) said on 26th February 2014, 22:31

    It’s going to be good watching both Mercs both Ferraris and both Mclarens fighting into the first at Melborne. Hopefully the Williams will be in with a shout and with Red Bulls problems at least I feel I can safely assume Vettel won’t be gone after the first corner. This season is looking to be a good one and pretty close up till the end, which is a shame as I won’t be watching Abu Dhabi as a protest. Good luck to all and bring on the 2014 season.

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 26th February 2014, 22:54

      I don’t mean to be rude but I really, really can’t make sense of your post @sidewinda. Vettel gone where and against what are you protesting Abu Dhabi for?

    • JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 27th February 2014, 0:09

      [I won’t be watching Abu Dhabi as a protest]
      @F1Sidewinda, c’mon you got follow the final race unless it’s a boring runaway team.

      And yes I agree Vettel won’t disappear after the first turn, for sure.

    • johnny stick said on 27th February 2014, 2:04

      Well, as john Steinbeck said, “the best laid plans of Mice and men often go astray.” me thinks the championship will be decided long before the last three races. Whoever is strongest up until that time will probably continue to be strong. Especially since the engine development will be stifled towards the end of the season. I think the teams will stop development in the middle of the season to focus on fixing all the problems with the 2014 cars, and implementing all the technology from others, for the 2015 season.

  4. Stretch (@stretch) said on 26th February 2014, 22:53

    Is this one shown live on Sky or somewhere or just text updates again?

    • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 26th February 2014, 23:03

      No broadcaster can show it as Formula One Management (FOM) is not making it available. You will have to make do with live text commentary and I recommend this site as you also get interaction with other members. Autosport and BBC do a decent job as well.

  5. Steve (@overlord) said on 27th February 2014, 5:35

    Personally I like the driver testing strategy that Ferrari and Mercedes have adopted whereby a) they alternate the driver each day and b) have the ”preferred/better” driver on the 2nd and 4th days.

    Unlike Red Bull who are doing the first two with subordinate and then switching only the one time.

  6. NairobiF1 said on 27th February 2014, 5:44

    I wonder why RBR don’t just let the champ go on paid vacation, instead of asking him to spend 4 days sat in a car in the garage.
    It’s going to be a tough and testing year for RBR and Vettel, the champ should be allowed to rest and have as much fun as possible.

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