• Pre-season Testing

Drivers line up for Jerez

ESPNF1 Staff
February 16, 2010 « More rain expected in Jerez | »
Lotus will make its test debut on Wednesday despite the forecast rain © Sutton Images

Eleven of this season's 13 teams will be present in Spain for the penultimate pre-season test, despite fears of bad weather in the Jerez region.

The teams have announced their drivers for each of the four days of testing and fans will get a glimpse of Lotus, following the car's launch on Friday. Malaysian test driver Fairuz Fauzy will take the car for its first run on Wednesday, but doubts still surround the future of US F1 and Campos who have yet to launch their cars.

McLaren has scheduled Jenson Button to drive on Wednesday and Thursday, with Lewis Hamilton taking over for the final two days. Mercedes will alternate its two drivers, with Michael Schumacher beginning work on Wednesday.

Red Bull will field Sebastian Vettel for the first two days, followed by Mark Webber who will conclude the work at Jerez. Ferrari, Sauber, Williams, Renault and Toro Rosso will also divide the days equally. Felipe Massa, Pedro de la Rosa, Rubens Barrichello, Vitaly Petrov and Sebastien Buemi will begin work on the first two days before handing over to their team-mates.

Force India and the new Lotus team will both give track time to their test drivers. Paul di Resta will begin work on Wednesday morning for Force India before Adrian Sutil takes over in the afternoon. Tonio Liuzzi will drive on Friday and Saturday. Heikki Kovalainen will get his first taste of the new Lotus on Thursday after Fauzy has completed a shake down. Jarno Trulli will conclude the test on Saturday.

Virgin, which suffered disruption to its schedule last week after a front-wing failure, has yet to announce its driver line up.