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
TBATBATBA
McLaren Mercedes
Great Britain Paffett/ Great Britain TurveyGreat Britain Gary PaffettGreat Britain Oliver Turvey
Scuderia Ferrari
Spain Fernando AlonsoBrazil Felipe MassaSpain Fernando Alonso
Mercedes AMG
TBATBATBA
Lotus F1 Team
Belgium Jerome d’AmbrosioFinland Kimi RaikkonenFrance Romain Grosjean
Sahara Force India
France Jules BianchiGreat Britain Paul di RestaGermany Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber F1 Team
Japan Kamui KobayashiJapan Kamui KobayashiMexico Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso
France Jean Eric VergneFrance Vergne / Australia RicciardoAustralia Daniel Ricciardo
Williams F1 Team
Finland Valtteri BottasBrazil Bruno SennaVenezuela Pastor Maldonado
Caterham F1 Team
Venezuela Rodolfo GonzalezRussia Vitaly PetrovFinland Heikki Kovalainen
Marussia Racing
France Charles PicFrance Pic / Germany GlockGermany Timo Glock

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