Nico Rosberg to complete all three days for Mercedes at Bahrain tyre test
No call-up for Lewis Hamilton as Sakhir line-up is completed
By James Galloway
Last Updated: 16/12/13 12:58pm
Following pressure from the F1's tyre supplier Pirelli to conduct a pre-Christmas test with 2013 cars, the FIA confirmed last week that a three-day session had been organised in the Middle East. Four teams - Red Bull, Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Mercedes - have signed up to participate.
And although fellow front-runners Red Bull and Ferrari have opted against sending their race drivers to Sakhir, Mercedes will run Rosberg throughout in the three-times race-winning W04.
It means that despite some reports that he might appear, Lewis Hamilton will not now drive again until pre-season testing gets underway at Jerez in late January. The Briton tweeted pictures over the weekend en-route to his traditional winter training camp.
Pirelli has said that it will bring prototype tyres from across its 2014 dry-weather range.
Bahrain test line-up:
Red Bull: Sebastien Buemi - All three days.
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg - All three days.
Ferrari: Pedro de la Rosa - Days One & Two; Jules Bianchi - Day Three.
Toro Rosso: Jean-Eric Vergne - Day One and Day Two morning; Daniil Kvyat - Day Two afternoon & Day Three.
For those asking, @LewisHamilton has already begun his high-altitude winter training programme, which is why he won't be in Bahrain.- MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) December 16, 2013