Abu Dhabi test lineups set for Tuesday, Wednesday


Formula One will have two more days of testing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and Wednesday before officially shutting down on-track activity for 2014.

Most of the teams have confirmed their driver lineups for the test ahead. In past years this was solely a young driver test, but this year it’s a mix of current drivers and youngsters.

McLaren, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham will have a single driver for both days. Stoffel Vandoorne, Marcus Ericsson, Max Verstappen and Will Stevens will drive, respectively.

Vandoorne gets two more days of running in the temporary McLaren MP4-29X1/H1 Honda, Ericsson makes his Sauber debut after being cleared from his Caterham contractual obligations, Verstappen will set a baseline for Toro Rosso and Stevens will follow up his Grand Prix debut with two more days for Caterham.

Two driver lineups occur for at least five of the remaining six teams. Of note, Mercedes reserve Pascal Wehrlein will run on the Wednesday, Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello will as well, Force India runs GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer and Spike Goddard, and Felipe Nasr will have his final day with Williams on Wednesday before he is set to join Ericsson at Sauber next year.

Ferrari’s test of course is more noteworthy than it would have been 24 hours ago with the news Marco Mattiacci is out and Maurizio Arrivabene is in as new team principal.

Lotus is yet to confirm whether Esteban Ocon will run both days or if Romain Grosjean and/or Pastor Maldonado will be in alongside.

Here’s the lineups:

  • Mercedes: Nico Rosberg (Tuesday), Pascal Wehrlein (Wednesday)
  • Red Bull: Carlos Sainz (Tuesday), Daniel Ricciardo (Wednesday)
  • Williams: Valtteri Bottas (Tuesday), Felipe Nasr (Wednesday)
  • Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen (Tuesday), Raffaele Marciello (Wednesday)
  • McLaren: Stoffel Vandoorne (both days)
  • Force India: Jolyon Palmer (Tuesday), Spike Goddard (Wednesday)
  • Toro Rosso: Max Verstappen (both days)
  • Lotus: Esteban Ocon (days to be confirmed)
  • Sauber: Marcus Ericsson (both days)
  • Caterham: Will Stevens (both days)