Next Tuesday the only permitted tests during the Formula 1 Championship will start in Mugello Italy and all F1 Teams will be there minus HRT.

Mugello_CircuitThis tests are the only opportunity for the teams to test new solutions and major upgrades during the season because on Fridays practices even that is allowed to test whatever you want no team has enough time to bring major upgrades as you can normally do on a regular test day.

The F1 updated cars will debut in Mugello on May 1st and the team most eager to start those tests is Ferrari. The Scuderia is in desperate need of progress after a terrible start of the championship. The F2012 which was supposed to be an “unbeatable structure” proved to be a very hard to understand and set-up car and the Italian team has to improve far beyond it’s competition needs in order to remain in the fight not only for at least one title but for the top 3, because Lotus and Mercedes are looking very strong while Red Bull found new speed in Bahrain and have definitely closed the gap to McLaren which was the team that looked best at the beginning of the championship.

Lewis Hamilton who was eager to drive in Mugello tests has been side-lined today by his team when they confirmed that only its reserve drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey will get to drive in the upcoming Formula 1 tests in Italy.

From Red Bull and Mercedes AMG we are still awaiting confirmation on the drivers. Here is how the line-up looks so far:

Team
May 1st
May 2nd
May 3rd
Red Bull Racing
TBA TBA TBA
McLaren Mercedes
Great Britain Paffett/ Great Britain Turvey Great Britain Gary Paffett Great Britain Oliver Turvey
Scuderia Ferrari
Spain Fernando Alonso Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso
Mercedes AMG
TBA TBA TBA
Lotus F1 Team
Belgium Jerome d’Ambrosio Finland Kimi Raikkonen France Romain Grosjean
Sahara Force India
France Jules Bianchi Great Britain Paul di Resta Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber F1 Team
Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Kamui Kobayashi Mexico Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso
France Jean Eric Vergne France Vergne / Australia Ricciardo Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Williams F1 Team
Finland Valtteri Bottas Brazil Bruno Senna Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
Caterham F1 Team
Venezuela Rodolfo Gonzalez Russia Vitaly Petrov Finland Heikki Kovalainen
Marussia Racing
France Charles Pic France Pic / Germany Glock Germany Timo Glock

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