Bianchi and de la Rosa to test in Bahrain for Ferrari

Jules Bianchi and Pedro de la Rosa will share driving duties for Ferrari at next week’s Pirelli tyre test in Bahrain.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

The test, which was announced by the FIA on Monday and will take place from the 17-19 December, is being organised by Formula 1′s tyre supplier to get some dry running on their development 2014 tyres.

Six teams were confirmed to be running in the test but since the announcement earlier in the week, McLaren and Force India have both pulled out.

Development driver de la Rosa joined the team at the start of 2013 and will complete two days of running in the Ferrari F138. Bianchi, who has been retained by Marussia for 2014 but is also a member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy, will take over from the Spaniard on the final day.

“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 began by the Spaniard in 2013,” read a statement from the team.

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

Red Bull Racing, Mercedes and Toro Rosso will also take part in the test. The data management and schedule will be defined by Pirelli so no team gains a competitive advantage.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

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