Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel has confirmed plans to partake in the post-season test around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, alongside Red Bull reserve driver and former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi. After a frustrating weekend during the Spanish Grand Prix, the German ace will be looking to assist his team in closing the gap to Mercedes by any means necessary.
During the fourth round of the season at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, Sebastian Vettel struggled greatly with a whole host of mechanical glitches which culminated in the 26-year-old incurring a five-place grid penalty after requiring a gearbox change overnight. Despite these uncharacteristic setbacks for the reigning Champion, he still managed to master a sensational fight back through the field to eventually finish fourth behind the Mercedes duo and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. However, the German is still understandably eager to continue assisting in his team’s resurgence after a poor start to the season, with the Silver Arrows of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg already scampering away into the distance.
After a day of rest at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday, the teams will return to the Spanish circuit to begin a two-day test which will naturally feature a mixture of race and reserve drivers. Sebastian Vettel will open the test for Red Bull, before handing over driving duties to reserve driver and former Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Buemi on the Wednesday. After competing on both days of the post-Bahrain test last month, Daniel Ricciardo will not get behind the wheel in Barcelona, after securing his first official podium finish in the sport. So far only Caterham has confirmed their driver line-up for the forthcoming test, with Kamui Kobayashi driving on Tuesday before reserve driver Robin Frijns assumes driving duties for the final day.
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