The second preseason test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya takes on added importance this week after cold conditions during the opening four days.
Low temperatures were problematic enough on the opening two days but last Wednesday saw snow and rain also hit testing, leaving Thursday as the only day that offered a remotely representative window once the track dried in the afternoon. As a result, many teams adapted their schedules in order to try and give their drivers an equal chance of track time.
This week’s forecast is for much warmer conditions and so most teams have opted for similar approaches to their line-ups as originally planned last week. Mercedes, Williams and Renault will all split running on each day, with Mercedes only confirming its run plan for the opening day with Valtteri Bottas driving in the morning before handing over to Lewis Hamilton.
Williams will include Robert Kubica once again in its line-up as the test and development driver gets more time in the FW41 on the final two mornings of the test, while Renault will run both of its race drivers on each day.
The rest of the grid will alternate drivers, with Ferrari starting the test with Sebastian Vettel and ending it with Kimi Raikkonen, while Daniel Ricciardo drives first for Red Bull this week before Max Verstappen is in the car on Wednesday and Friday.
Force India will look to make up for lost time having completed the lowest mileage of week one with Sergio Perez driving on days one and three, and Esteban Ocon taking days two and four.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Toro Rosso – the most productive team in terms of laps completed in the opening test – will open the test with Pierre Gasly in the car. The Frenchman completed 147 laps on the final day last week as Toro Rosso’s Honda partnership started in encouraging fashion.
McLaren has reversed its running order from the first test, meaning Stoffel Vandoorne will be in action on the opening day and Fernando Alonso will give the MCL33 its final drive before the teams head for the first race of the season in Australia.
Full second test driver line-ups:
Ferrari: Vettel, Raikkonen, Vettel, Raikkonen
Red Bull: Ricciardo, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Verstappen
Force India: Perez, Ocon, Perez, Ocon
Williams: Sirotkin/Stroll, Stroll/Sirotkin, Kubica/Stroll, Kubica/Sirotkin
Renault: Hulkenberg/Sainz, Sainz/Hulkenberg, Hulkenberg/Sainz, Sainz/Hulkenberg
Toro Rosso: Gasly, Hartley, Gasly, Hartley
Haas: Magnussen, Grosjean, Magnussen, Grosjean
McLaren: Vandoorne, Alonso, Vandoorne, Alonso
Sauber: Ericsson, Leclerc, Ericsson, Leclerc