Teams geared up for intensive three days of testing at Mugello

Apr.30 (GP247) The Formula 1 circus (minus HRT) will descend on the Mugello circuit, in the hills of Tuscany, for the fourth official F1 test of the season, and the first in-season F1 testing in recent years – from Tuesday 1 May to Thursday 3 May.

Ferrari trucks in the paddock. First run of the new Ferrari F60, Mugello Circuit, Italy, 12 January 2009.

Formula 1 world descends on Mugello this week

HRT announced last week that they would not be making the trip to Italy, but the other eleven teams will be present – many with their reserve drivers also on duty.

McLaren is the only team who will not have either of their drivers, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, on duty in the cockpit of the MP427. Instead they will run reserve drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey.

Ferrari have decided to give Fernando Alonso an extra day behind the wheel of the F2012. The Spaniard will run on Tuesday and Thursday, while teammate Felipe Massa will get only Wednesday in the cockpit.

Sauber also have Kamui Kobayashi doing two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Sergio Perez penned down to take over the C31 on the final day.

Reserve drivers Jerome D’Ambrosio (Lotus), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Jules Bianchi (Force India) and Rodolf Gonzalez (Caterham) will be in action for their respective teams on the opening day at Mugello.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso reserve Sebastien Buemi is not slated down for any testing during the three days.

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 Tuesday, 1 May  Wednesday, 2 May  Thursday, 3 May
 Red Bull Mark Webber Mark Webber
Sebastian Vettel
 Sebastian Vettel
 McLaren Oliver Turvey
Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett  Oliver Turvey
 Ferrari Fernando Alonso Felipe Massa  Fernando Alonso
 Mercedes Nico Rosberg
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher  Nico Rosberg
 Lotus Jerome D’Ambrosio Kimi Raikkonen  Romain Grosjean
 Sauber Kamui Kobayashi Kamui Kobayashi  Sergio Perez
 Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne Jean-Eric Vergne
Daniel Ricciardo
 Daniel Ricciardo
 Williams Valtteri Bottas Bruno Senna  Pastor Maldonado
 Force India Jules Bianchi Paul di Resta  Nico Hulkenberg
 Caterham Rodolfo Gonzalez Vitaly Petrov  Heikki Kovalainen
 Marussia Charles Pic Charles Pic
Timo Glock
 Timo Glock

* HRT will not be present at Mugello

  • alonsoforever

    What? did Jenson get his way in preventing Lewis from getting testing time in Mugello. WTH? There is alot to learn about this years crappy tyres and Mclaren wants to play nice with Jenson.
    The reserve drivers are not racing the championship.
    All the championship rivals will be testing. Seriously Mclaren WTH?

  • Firoze

    I would like to know the reason why Lewis is not going. He wanted to go. If the team management could answer this, there would not be any conspiracy theories involving Whitmarsh which is dominating comments on different F1 websites.

    They could also have practised the pit stops with Lewis in the car.