The Brackley-based squad announced on Monday that Nico Rosberg will be at the wheel of their 2013 challenger at the Bahrain International Circuit for all three days; with Lewis Hamilton busy completing high-altitude winter training.
It will get underway on Tuesday with four teams running: Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso. 2013 cars will be used, after the FIA announced a change in this season’s Sporting Regulations to allow the track-time, to test the 2014-spec tyres but the schedules will be dictated by Pirelli.
Mercedes said on Twitter: “Busy week ahead for the team both here in Brackley and out in Bahrain, we will have @nico_rosberg driving all three days of the Pirelli test in Bahrain this week.”
Ferrari confirmed last week that they will run test driver Pedro de la Rosa for the first two days, before he hands over to Marussia’s Jules Bianchi for the final day. Like the Scuderia, Red Bull Racing will not use their race drivers and will instead run their reserve Sebastien Buemi on all three days.
Toro Rosso have decided to take their full 2014 line-up to Bahrain, with Jean-Eric Vergne testing on Tuesday before rookie Daniil Kvyat will take to the track for the final two days.
All 11 F1 teams were invited to the test but only six initially accepted, before McLaren and Force India decided not to take part.
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