No Raikkonen or Alonso in Bahrain as Ferrari opt for De La Rosa and Bianchi

Pedro de la Rosa during Jerez testing for Ferrari at the earlier this year

Pedro de la Rosa during Jerez testing for Ferrari at the earlier this year

Ferrari 2014 drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso  will not be present at the forthcoming Pirelli test in Bahrain. Instead the Italian team have nominated their test driver Pedro de la Rosa and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi to drive at the test which takes place from 17 to 19 December.

Apart from Ferrari, Mercedes, champions Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso will also be on track. While the data management and the daily schedule will be defined by Pirelli, De La Rosa’s work at the wheel of the F138 over the first two days will be important in terms of defining the continuation of the simulator development work begun by the Spaniard in 2013.

As for Bianchi, he drives on the final day and with a nod to the fruits of the young driver development undertaken by the Ferrari Driver Academy. This will be an opportunity to demonstrate the progress he has made this year in Formula 1.

The test has been added to the calendar after consultation between the teams, following a request from the tyre supplier to test next year’s tyres using the 2013 cars. The test has been approved by the FIA, which has therefore applied a waiver to the current regulations. (Ferrari)

Subbed by AJN.