Driver lineups confirmed for this week’s F1 test at Barcelona

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The Formula One contingent will return to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya tomorrow and Wednesday for the second in-season test of the 2014 World Championship.

F1 tire manufacturer Pirelli will work with Sauber and Toro Rosso tomorrow, and then McLaren and Force India on Wednesday. However, all 11 squads will be in attendance for the two-day session.

The driver lineups have been confirmed with seven of the teams’ reserve racers getting seat time: Sebastien Buemi (Red Bull), Charles Pic (Lotus), Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren), Daniel Juncadella (Force India), Giedo van der Garde (Sauber), Susie Wolff (Williams), and Robin Frijns (Caterham).

Ferrari will be the only team to use a single driver for the Spain test, putting Kimi Raikkonen in the car for both days.

Additionally, Mercedes will be testing a prototype exhaust system that could provide a solution to the noise issue that’s emerged with the introduction of the new V6 power units.

Red Bull:
Sebastien Buemi (Tuesday), Sebastian Vettel (Wednesday)

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton (Tuesday), Nico Rosberg (Wednesday)

Ferrari:
Kimi Raikkonen (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Lotus:
Charles Pic (Tuesday), Pastor Maldonado (Wednesday)

McLaren:
Jenson Button (Tuesday) Stoffel Vandoorne (Wednesday)

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg (Tuesday), Daniel Juncadella (Wednesday)

Sauber:
Giedo van der Garde (Tuesday), Esteban Gutierrez (Wednesday)

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne (Tuesday), Daniil Kvyat (Wednesday)

Williams:
Felipe Massa (Tuesday), Susie Wolff (Wednesday)

Marussia:
Max Chilton (Tuesday), Jules Bianchi (Wednesday)

Caterham:
Kamui Kobayashi (Tuesday), Robin Frijns (Wednesday)

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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