Rosberg will be on duty for Mercedes at Bahrain test 16 December, 2013 Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg will take time off his vacation to drive for Mercedes throughout the three days of Pirelli tyre testing in Bahrain from 17 to 19 December. Only four teams: Red Bull, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Mercedes will be on duty at the Sakhir track, after McLaren, Force India and Lotus declined the invitation. Unlike Ferrari and Red Bull who have opted to use reserve drivers, Mercedes and Toro Rosso will use their 2014 race drivers. Bahrain testing line-up: Red Bull: Sebastien Buemi on all three days Mercedes: Nico Rosberg on all three days Ferrari: Pedro de la Rosa on Days 1 and Day 2; Jules Bianchi on Day 3 Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne on Day 1 and Day 2 morning; Daniil Kvyat on Day 2 afternoon and Day 3 Subbed by AJN. Related NewsHamilton: My team is stronger than ever and there’s a lot more to comeMercedes: There’s still a lot to do before we get to MelbourneMercedes: After the delayed start it was a relatively trouble-free dayMercedes: We have learned a number of valuable thingsRosberg: We were able to see a few more weaknesses of our carMercedes: That was not a fantastic day for usRosberg: We’re quicker on the straights and slower in the cornersMercedes: A very positive week but we still have a lot of work to doMercedes: Not a trouble free day, but we learnt a lot about the carMercedes: We’re working to understand the issues that delayed running Rosberg is defecto no.2 lol. Rosberg is defecto no.2 doing the tesing. Redbull and Ferrari sent their test drivers and didn’t bother giving Ricciardo time in the RB9. Clearly it will be irrelevent to do so. LOL……… just kidding guys. Just working up the anti Hamiltons that will soon descend upon this article. IMO……… I don’t think there is any advantage to be gained in race drivers doing this test. the combined data from all testing teams will be shared with all teams. Getting a feel for the tyres on an old rules car will be different to the low downforce and heavy torque turbo engines next year. Thats why all the world champions opted out of the test. None the less good data can be fed into the simulator program to get a virtual feel of the tyre before the test. I’m sure all the drivers will want a piece of that early in the new year. matthew Dont bother working up the anti-hamiltons, this lame article is dead in the water.