Williams first to confirm Jerez schedule
The Grove-based outfit announced the news on Monday via their Twitter, following confirmation last week that they will complete the four days of testing at the Spanish circuit.
Valtteri Bottas has been given the honour of being the first driver to test the new FW36, which is the first car from the team to be powered by Mercedes.
The Finn, who impressed last year in his rookie campaign, will run on the first two days of the test before passing driving duties on to his new team-mate Felipe Massa for Thursday and Friday.
“We can announce we will be on track in Jerez. @ValtteriBottas will do days 1 & 2 @Felipe1Massa days 3 & 4 running our heritage blue livery,” they tweeted.
The nine-time constructors’ champions fired up their new car for the first time on Friday. They have yet to confirm their car launch plans, but it looks likely that they will join Mercedes, Red Bull Racing and Caterham in unveiling their new car – in its testing livery – at the circuit.
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