Line-up rundown for this week’s Formula One test at Silverstone

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Formula One isn’t quite done with Silverstone just yet, as all 11 teams will be in attendance over the next couple of days for testing at the home of the British Grand Prix.

With Marussia’s Jules Bianchi getting the call to replace the dinged-up Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari on Wednesday, the driver lineup for the test is now set.

As we’ve reported leading up to the test, multiple reserves and young drivers will be getting an opportunity for seat time.

One of them, Lotus reserve Charles Pic, will have an important task on Wednesday as he’ll test Pirelli’s 18-inch tires – which could help make the sport more road-relevant in the future if they gain acceptance from the teams.

We’ll keep an eye on Silverstone tomorrow and Wednesday here on MotorSportsTalk. But for now, here’s a rundown of which drivers will be in the cockpit on both days.

RED BULL
Tuesday – Daniel Ricciardo; Wednesday – Sebastian Vettel

MERCEDES
Tuesday – Nico Rosberg; Wednesday – Lewis Hamilton

FERRARI
Tuesday – Pedro de la Rosa; Wednesday – Jules Bianchi

LOTUS
Tuesday – Pastor Maldonado; Wednesday – Charles Pic

McLAREN
Tuesday – Stoffel Vandoorne; Wednesday – Kevin Magnussen

FORCE INDIA
Tuesday – Sergio Perez; Wednesday – Daniel Juncadella

SAUBER
Tuesday – Adrian Sutil; Wednesday – Giedo van der Garde

TORO ROSSO
Tuesday – Jean-Eric Vergne; Wednesday – Daniil Kvyat

WILLIAMS
Tuesday – Felipe Massa; Wednesday – Valtteri Bottas

MARUSSIA
Tuesday – Jules Bianchi; Wednesday – Max Chilton

CATERHAM
Tuesday – Will Stevens; Wednesday – Julian Leal/Rio Haryanto

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.