Line-up for the Barcelona F1 pre-season test – as things stand

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Following on from the first F1 pre-season test in Jerez at the beginning of the month, the teams and drivers will get their next chance to put the 2015 cars through their paces in Barcelona next week.

The first signs from Jerez suggested that Ferrari may have made a step forward following a miserable 2014 campaign, as the Italian marque topped three of the four days.

However, many are still reserving judgement, and will be watching eagerly to see if it can underpin this pace with a second good display in Barcelona.

Five of the nine teams have confirmed their running orders for the next test, so here’s a current run-down of the schedule as things stand.

MERCEDES

Day 1: Lewis Hamilton
Day 2: Nico Rosberg
Day 3: Lewis Hamilton
Day 4: Nico Rosberg

FERRARI

Day 1: Kimi Raikkonen
Day 2: Kimi Raikkonen
Day 3: Sebastian Vettel
Day 4: Sebastian Vettel

MCLAREN

Day 1: Jenson Button
Day 2: Jenson Button
Day 3: Fernando Alonso
Day 4: Fernando Alonso

TORO ROSSO

Day 1: Max Verstappen
Day 2: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Day 3: Max Verstappen
Day 4: Carlos Sainz Jr.

SAUBER

Day 1: Felipe Nasr
Day 2: Marcus Ericsson
Day 3: Marcus Ericsson
Day 4: Felipe Nasr

FORCE INDIA – TBA
Team will use its 2014 car. Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein is rumored to be testing for the team alongside Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

RED BULL – TBA
Running expected to be split evenly between Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kyat.

WILLIAMS – TBA
Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas and Susie Wolff will all conduct some kind of running.

LOTUS – TBA
No firm plans yet, but Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean will likely split the running. Interesting to note that reserve driver Jolyon Palmer recently had a seat fitting.

Testing in Barcelona kicks off on Thursday 19th February, continuing until Sunday 22nd February.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.