Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Barcelona testing line-up

Teams head to Barcelona on Thursday for the last of the pre-season tests, with some under a little more pressure than others

Lotus were forced to skip three days of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya last week after they discovered a problem with their chassis and this has no doubt put the team under extra pressure. Romain Grosjean will turn out for the Enstone squad on Thursday and Friday before Kimi Räikkönen takes over for the weekend's running.

That seems doubtful at this stage after Red Bull and Ferrari were forced to alter their testing schedules to run from Thursday to Sunday and not Friday to Monday as they initially planned. This was as a result of a "new clarification" of the Sporting Regulations.

Marussia won't be turning out at the test at all after the MR01 failed the FIA crash test. Fellow backmarkers HRT might run their new chassis for the first time after it passed the crash test at the second time of asking but the team have indicated they may not be ready for the opening day of testing.

Running order for final pre-season test:

Red Bull
Thursday: Mark Webber. Friday: Sebastian Vettel.
Saturday: Mark Webber. Sunday: Sebastian Vettel.

Thursday: Jenson Button. Friday: Lewis Hamilton.
Saturday: Jenson Button. Sunday: Lewis Hamilton.

Thursday: Felipe Massa. Friday: Fernando Alonso.
Saturday: Felipe Massa. Sunday: Fernando Alonso

Thursday: Nico Rosberg. Friday: Michael Schumacher.
Saturday: Nico Rosberg. Sunday: Michael Schumacher.

Thursday: Romain Grosjean. Friday: Romain Grosjean.
Saturday: Kimi Räikkönen. Sunday: Kimi Räikkönen

Force India
Thursday: Paul di Resta. Friday: Nico Hulkenberg.
Saturday: Paul di Resta. Sunday: Nico Hulkenberg.

Thursday: Sergio Perez. Friday: Kamui Kobayashi.
Saturday: Sergio Perez. Sunday: Kamui Kobayashi.

Toro Rosso
Thursday: Jean-Eric Vergne. Friday: Jean-Eric Vergne.
Saturday: Daniel Ricciardo. Sunday: Daniel Ricciardo

Thursday: Pastor Maldonado. Friday: Bruno Senna / Pastor Maldonado.
Saturday: Pastor Maldonado / Bruno Senna. Sunday: Bruno Senna.

Thursday: Heikki Kovalainen. Friday: Heikki Kovalainen.
Saturday: Vitaly Petrov. Sunday: Vitaly Petrov


Source: Planet-F1

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