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Ferrari and Red Bull alter testing plans

ESPNF1 Staff
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Ferrari and Red Bull have changed their dates for the final test © Press Association

Ferrari and Red Bull have altered their plans for the final pre-season test, allowing them to start and finish a day later than the other teams.

They will therefore test between March 2 and March 5 rather than March 1 through March 4 as originally planned. Last year Mercedes, Williams, McLaren and Ferrari staggered their final test with the other teams but were faced with a washout on the final day and completed limited running.

Christian Horner told Autosport that the decision was made for logistical reasons and that Ferrari decided to switch first and Red Bull asked to join.

Williams' chief operations engineer Mark Gillan said his team had not considered switching dates.

"I think we're quite happy with the schedule as it is", he said. "I have to say, the weather has been fantastic and the more you move into the future, the more uncertain it becomes with weather. We'll stick with what we've got."

Lotus is expected to be granted an extra day's testing in order to make up, in part, for the three day's testing it has lost this week due to a chassis problem. The team said it would confirm the extra day when it has reached an agreement with the other teams.