The driver schedule for the second Barcelona test, scheduled for February 26-29, has been announced, and most teams will split the test program between their two drivers on the first day.
Only Haas will use only one driver (Grosjean) on the first day, and on the second day of the test, as many as seven teams will use only one driver all day.
Mercedes has announced that on the first day Hamilton and Bottas will be sharing the F1 W11, like all three days last week, but the schedule for days two and three is not yet known.
The third day of last week was dashed with as many as four red flags, so teams will strive to try out race simulations as soon as possible, especially after analyzing data from the first test.
Also, many teams will bring new parts to the second test, possibly those they plan to use in Melbourne, and one of those teams is Ferrari, which went under the radar in the first test with almost two seconds slower time than last year.
Ferrari reportedly used lower engine settings than its customers and had a problem on the engine on the last day, but the cause was discovered and said there was no cause for concern because it was a failure on the lubrication system.
It will be interesting to follow the world champions Mercedes who brought a brand new aero package and engine cover to the second test last year, which they don’t plan to do this year, but it looks like Ferrari will follow their lead.
McLaren also announced new parts for the MCL35 after a very good first week and the same is expected from Red Bull, who also didn’t pay attention to fast laps in the first week, though drivers praised the progress of the RB16 and Honda power unit.
SCHEDULE FOR SECOND BARCELONA TEST