F1: Palmer, Wehrlein confirmed for Barcelona as Lotus, Force India set lineups


New Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer and Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein will test this week at Barcelona, Lotus and Mercedes-powered Force India have confirmed Wednesday.

Palmer will have a day’s running in the new Lotus E23 on Friday. Pastor Maldonado will test Thursday and Saturday with Romain Grosjean running only on Sunday; as was the case for the Frenchman in Jerez, he’s coping with limited time in the car.

Wehrlein, meanwhile, will have two days aboard Force India’s 2014 chassis as the team makes its first testing appearance of 2015. He had been rumored to drive earlier in the week.

The German will run in the VJM07 on Thursday and Saturday with Sergio Perez on Friday and Nico Hulkenberg on Sunday.

“As a young driver, any time you can spend in the car is extremely important and you can learn a lot,” Wehrlein said in a team release. “I know the simulator already, but I don’t have much experience on the track.

“My first goal in Spain will be to do a great job together with the team, to learn as much as possible and to give good feedback to the engineers.I have already driven the world champion Mercedes-Benz F1 W05 Hybrid and the comparison with Sahara Force India will be very exciting for me: the way the team works, how they improve the car and handle problems – all this will help me to gain experience and to reach the next level in my development.”