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Formula 1 testing driver line-up

Mar 11 2021
By Scott Mitchell-Malm

The majority of teams’ driver plans for the three-day pre-season Formula 1 test in Bahrain have now been finalised, including Fernando Alonso taking to the track on day two for Alpine.

Alonso fractured his jaw and needed surgery after a cycling accident over the winter, and missed Alpine’s official team launch as a result.

However, he and his team insisted participation in testing would be fine as his recovery had been swift, and Alpine has now confirmed Alonso will be given the second day in the A521.

Alonso’s team-mate Esteban Ocon will drive on day one and on the final morning, with Alonso completing the test on Sunday afternoon.


Bahrain testing line-up

Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Mercedes Bottas/Hamilton Hamilton/Bottas Bottas/Hamilton
Red Bull Verstappen Perez Perez/Verstappen
McLaren Ricciardo/Norris Ricciardo/Norris Ricciardo/Norris
Aston Martin Vettel/Stroll Vettel/Stroll Stroll/Vettel
Alpine Ocon Alonso Ocon/Alonso
Ferrari Leclerc/Sainz TBA TBA
AlphaTauri Gasly/Tsunoda Tsunoda/Gasly Gasly/Tsunoda
Alfa Romeo Raikkonen/Giovinazzi Giovinazzi Raikkonen
Haas Schumacher/Mazepin Mazepin/Schumacher Schumacher/Mazepin
Williams Nissany Latifi Russell

New Red Bull driver Sergio Perez will drive the RB16B on day two then share the final day with Max Verstappen, who is driving on Friday.

New Aston signing Sebastian Vettel will drive the AMR21 first on Friday morning then hand over to team-mate Lance Stroll in the afternoon. They will repeat that plan for day two, then Stroll will drive on the final morning before four-time world champion Vettel completes the test on Sunday afternoon.

Ferrari has so far only revealed that Charles Leclerc will have Friday morning duties before handing over to Carlos Sainz Jr for the second half of the day.

McLaren has opted to give its drivers half a day each, beginning with Daniel Ricciardo before Lando Norris takes over for Friday afternoon. Mercedes is using a similar schedule, kicking off with Valtteri Bottas.

McLaren MCL35M filming day F1

Haas and AlphaTauri are also splitting each day, while Alfa Romeo will kick off with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi both driving before each get a full day over the weekend.

Williams is the only team not giving the first day of driving duties to one of its race drivers.

Test driver Roy Nissany will drive the FW43B on day one, before Nicholas Latifi and George Russell get one day each.

The three-day test runs from Friday to Sunday this week, with track action beginning at 10am local time (three hours ahead of UK) each day and running until 7pm, with an hour-long break from 2pm-3pm.

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