First pre-season test line-up

© F1 Pulse, 25 January 2013
© Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic/Williams

The first pre-season test for 2013 kicks off on February 5 with ten of the 11 teams to field their new cars at the session at Jerez.

Fernando Alonso will be the most notable absence at the Spanish circuit as the Ferrari driver has opted to sit out to work on physical training. Recently recruited test driver Pedro de la Rosa will try out the new car instead, along with Felipe Massa for the Italian team.

"We're such a great team that it doesn't matter who does the tests, whether it's Felipe, Pedro or I, it doesn't make much of a difference," Alonso said. "I will follow everything very closely."

Force India and Marussia, meanwhile, will head to the test with only one driver each although the former has announced that it has a few substitutes at hand.

Paul di Resta will open the test for his team after which 29-year-old Briton James Rossiter will take the seat. Di Resta will share the work with the development driver on Thursday before reserve Jules Bianchi concludes the test for Force India.

Marussia, who is still to announce its second driver, is yet to name who would take the seat on Thursday and Friday.

Teams will largely focus on shakedown installation, reliability and aerodynamic assessment of their new challengers while also collecting data, completing systems checks and working on baseline set-up.

“In many ways, pre-season testing is something of an unknown; no-one knows exactly what the other teams are doing and while some want to go for headline-grabbing fast times, others wish to hide their ultimate pace,” explained Lotus team principal Eric Boullier. “Ultimately, all want to develop the fastest car out there.”

Williams, however, is to reveal its new car only on February 19 although it will participate in the Jerez test with last year’s machine albeit draped in the latest livery.

“As part of our preparations for the 2013 season, we took the decision to launch our FW35 in Barcelona for a number of reasons,” Williams technical director Mike Coughlan. “We have already spent a great deal of time rig testing key areas of the new car for reliability, including doing over 3000kms on the gearbox and rear suspension and 7000kms on our 2013 KERS, and we are happy with the results we have seen.

“Our cars also passed all mandatory crash tests for 2013 and so were fully FIA homologated earlier this year,” he continued. “Our focus for track testing is to work on developing our aerodynamic package with extra time and resource now being available in the wind tunnel for a further upgraded race package ahead of the Australian GP.”

Here’s the line-up:

Team Feb 5 Feb 6 Feb 7 Feb 8
Red Bull Webber Webber Vettel Vettel
Ferrari Massa Massa Massa de la Rosa
McLaren Button Perez Button Perez
Lotus Grosjean Grosjean Raikkonen Raikkonen
Mercedes Rosberg Hamilton Rosberg Hamilton
Sauber Hulkenberg Hulkenberg Gutierrez Gutierrez
Force India Di Resta Di Resta/Rossiter Rossiter/Di Resta Bianchi
Williams Maldonado Maldonado Bottas Bottas
Toro Rosso Ricciardo Ricciardo Vergne Vergne
Caterham Van der Garde Van der Garde Pic Pic
Marussia Chilton Razia Chilton TBA
 

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