Kimi Raikkonen will test for Sauber during next week’s Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi, team principal Frederic Vasseur has confirmed.
The Finn is joining Sauber in 2019 on a two-year contract, with this weekend’s race at the Yas Marina Circuit his final one for Ferrari. With all the teams getting to test next year’s tires over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday, Vasseur confirmed Raikkonen has been allowed to start work immediately with his new team.
A number of other drivers will also be in new cars, with RACER understanding Lance Stroll will finally make his Force India debut despite the team having yet to officially confirm him as a race driver next year. His former team Williams will also run both George Russell and Robert Kubica, while Charles Leclerc is expected to begin work with Ferrari.
Current Renault driver Carlos Sainz will get his first taste of McLaren machinery as he shares testing duties with 2019 teammate Lando Norris, although Red Bull is unlikely to allow Daniel Ricciardo to make his Renault debut in Sainz’s place.
With Pierre Gasly set to carry out testing for Red Bull next week, Daniil Kvyat will begin work with Toro Rosso by driving on Wednesday ahead of his return to the team in 2019, having been continuing work with Ferrari up until this point of the season.