Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014

Driver line-up confirmed for Barcelona test

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Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014The driver line-up for the second F1 test of 2015 has been confirmed.

Nine teams will participate in the four-day test which starts tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya. Force India will make their first appearance at a test this year, but will be using their 2014 VJM07 chassis.

The remaining teams will continue work with their 2015 cars. Most will use their race drivers, however three test drivers will also have their first runs of the year: Jolyon Palmer, Pascal Wehrlein and Susie Wolff.

Air temperatures are expected to peak at up to 15C during the test. Dry conditions are forecast except on Saturday, when there is a reasonablechance of light rain throughout the day.

TeamCarThursday 19thFriday 20thSaturday 21stSunday 22nd
MercedesW06Lewis HamiltonNico RosbergLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg
Red BullRB11Daniel RicciardoDaniel RicciardoDaniil KvyatDaniil Kvyat
WilliamsFW37Susie WolffFelipe MassaValtteri BottasFelipe Massa/Valtteri Bottas
FerrariSF15-TKimi RaikkonenKimi RaikkonenSebastian VettelSebastian Vettel
McLarenMP4-30Jenson ButtonFernando AlonsoJenson ButtonFernando Alonso
Force IndiaVJM07Pascal WehrleinSergio PerezPascal WehrleinNico Hulkenberg
Toro RossoSTR10Max VerstappenCarlos Sainz JnrMax VerstappenCarlos Sainz Jnr
LotusE23Pastor MaldonadoJolyon PalmerPastor MaldonadoRomain Grosjean
Manor (Marussia)Not present
SauberC34Felipe NasrMarcus EricssonMarcus EricssonFelipe Nasr
CaterhamNot present

Race driver test mileages so far in 2015

DriverTotal lapsTotal distance (km)
Nico Rosberg3081,363.824
Lewis Hamilton208921.024
Kimi Raikkonen200885.600
Felipe Nasr197872.316
Marcus Ericsson185819.180
Carlos Sainz Jnr183810.324
Max Verstappen170752.760
Sebastian Vettel149659.772
Felipe Massa144637.632
Pastor Maldonado137606.636
Valtteri Bottas134593.352
Daniel Ricciardo84371.952
Daniil Kvyat82363.096
Romain Grosjean53234.684
Jenson Button41181.548
Fernando Alonso38168.264
Nico Hulkenberg00
Sergio Perez00

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  • 19 comments on “Driver line-up confirmed for Barcelona test”

    1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      18th February 2015, 13:02

      What is the possible reason for Force India (besides money I mean) to test a car which has already served for a whole season? What can they learn from it?

      1. @omarr-pepper An awful lot considering the aero regulations have barely changed. Other than a lower nose I believe they’re almost exactly the same as 2014. Additionally, they may run their 2015 engine in their 2014 car.. there is a hell of a lot they can learn by running their 2014 car, and I was actually surprised they didn’t bother to do so at the first test.

      2. @omarr-pepper They can stick new parts on it, but also they can give their drivers more experience and practice.

        1. can give their drivers more experience and practice

          by putting Pascal Weihrlein in the car!
          (@strontium)

          1. *Wehrlein

          2. @coldfly well that’s the money bit :D

            1. I would have thought they learned all that they could on the 2014 car last year, and if they didn’t, well, then that boat has sailed. They would benefit more from testing this year’s upgraded aero package and PU. And this smoke screen about tyre evaluation is so pathetic because nothing is constant from last year.

            2. Anyone with real world and computer simulation correlations here?

              Could it be that they can use it as data gathering in order to have sufficient parameters which to test against whatever the Cologne wind tunnel might be giving them? They’ve pretty much defaulted on the first flyaway races, and their season effectively begins in the Spanish GP.

              Could they have designed their season plan with on aggresive aero developments for the European season?

              I know, lots of unknowns.

      3. i feel force india is on the way out at the end of this year, running last years car in this test is to keep investors happy for a while longer more then anything – so that they dont fold at the start of the season, testing tomorrow wont make any different to their 2015 season. but who knows, maybe their 2015 design will be a fluke and produce good enough results to keep the team going for another year, making some investors a profit and making it look like f1 is a real sport as it has just enough teams.

      4. Apparently their focus will be on the new tyres.
        “The team says its primary focus will be on evaluation of the 2015-spec Pirelli tyres with last year’s car”

      5. Probably learn that PU’s cost is way lower than expected, but also they found a huge loop hole and do not want anyone to see it until is too late !

    2. Williams made a correction to their driver’s line-up, Felipe Massa will drive day 2 and Valtteri Bottas day 3.

    3. So does this mean that in the last test Alonso will run the first two days and Button the last two?

      1. @mashiat2 No not necessarily

    4. It looks like someone doesn’t know differences between KM & M, if Rosberg did each lap 4428km x 308 laps all of that with one engine – reliability, is great this season.

      1. Looks like you are the one who’s wrong

      2. It says 1,363.824 km – as in 1363km, note the decimal point – not 1,363,824 km.
        So each lap was 4.428 km, not 4428 km.

    5. Force India’s test will not too useful.

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