Archive for February 3, 2012

Schedule for first F1 test at Jerez


Formula 1’s first pre-season test will kick off with 11 teams at Jerez on Tuesday, with only Marussia not running.

The Spanish circuit has issued a running order for the opening of the winter tests, with nine news cars set to run for the first time.

Mercedes GP is running last year’s car but using its three days of running to evaluate tyres, while HRT is only running Pedro de la Rosa in its 2011 challenger on the first two days.

The full running order is:

Sauber         Kobayashi            Perez        Perez       Kobayashi
Ferrari        Massa                Massa        Alonso      Alonso
Force India    di Resta             di Resta     Hulkenberg  Hulkenberg
Caterham       TBA                  TBA          TBA         TBA
McLaren        Button               Button       Hamilton    Hamilton
Mercedes       Rosberg/Schumacher   Schumacher   Rosberg     -
Red Bull       Webber               Webber       Vettel      Vettel
Lotus          Raikkonen            Raikkonen    Grosjean    Grosjean
Toro Rosso     Ricciardo            Ricciardo    Vergne      Vergne
Williams       Maldonado            Maldonado    Senna       Senna
HRT            de la Rosa           de la Rosa   -           -

Formula 1 bursts back into life next week with a spate of car launches and the first test at Jerez getting underway. And AUTOSPORT will be there to bring you unrivalled coverage of all the events as they happen.

We plan to provide bigger and better coverage of the pre-season build-up than ever before. And AUTOSPORT is delighted to announce that its hugely popular live coverage of testing will return once again – completely free of charge.

As well as that, AUTOSPORT will be the first place you can see the video unveiling of Kimi Raikkonen’s new Lotus F1 car on Sunday afternoon at 4pm GMT (5pm CET), so be sure not to miss it.