Fernando Alonso to skip first pre-season test at Jerez

By on Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fernando Alonso will miss the first pre-season test at Jerez.

The Ferrari driver, who finished second to Sebastian Vettel in 2012, will not drive the 2013 car until February 19th in Barcelona.

"Fernando Alonso will intensify his physical training, in preparation for a first part of the season which, as usual will be very demanding, both because of the long distances involved between the various Grands Prix and because of the variety of weather conditions encountered from Melbourne to Sakhir, with Sepang and Shanghai in between," read a Ferrari statement.

Felipe Massa will début the car in Jerez on February 5th, conducting three days of testing. The final day, on February 8th, will be handed to new development driver Pedro de La Rosa "as it will allow both the team and the driver to work specifically on looking at the correlation between the virtual and the real experience", indicating Ferrari's determination to crack their simulator woes.

Alonso will instead be given three days of running at the first Barcelona test, before handing the car over to Massa on the final day of running.

The final test, from February 28th to March 3rd, will see Alonso and Massa run for two days each.

Ferrari also revealed that on Wednesday, the car's engine was fired up for the first time.

Jerez line-up:

Team
5th February
6th February
7th February
8th February
Red Bull
M. Webber
M. Webber
S. Vettel
S. Vettel
Ferrari
F. Massa
F. Massa
F. Massa
P. de la Rosa
McLaren
J. Button
S. Perez
J. Button
S. Perez
Lotus
R. Grosjean
R. Grosjean
K. Raikkonen
K. Raikkonen
Sauber
N. Hulkenberg
N. Hulkenberg
E. Gutierrez
E. Gutierrez

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