Bianchi and De la Rosa to test for Ferrari in Bahrain

By on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bianchi IndiaFerrari has confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi will test for the team in Bahrain next week, rather than 2014 race drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Ferrari is one of four teams set to participate in the test, which is being organised by tyre supplier Pirelli.

The data management and the daily schedule will be defined by Pirelli, so that no one team gains a competitive advantage for 2014.

Spaniard de la Rosa entered over 100 races in Formula 1 between 1999 and 2012 and joined Ferrari at the start of 2013 as their development driver.

'De La Rosa’s work at the wheel of the F138 over the first two days will be important in terms of defining the continuation of the simulator development work began by the Spaniard in 2013', read a Ferrari statement.

'As for Bianchi, he drives on the final day and with a nod to the activity surrounding young driver development undertaken by the Ferrari Driver Academy, it will be an opportunity to demonstrate the progress he has made this year in Formula 1.'

Ferrari academy driver Bianchi has previously tested for the Italian team and will remain with Marussia for a second season in 2014.

Red Bull, Mercedes and Toro Rosso will also take part although none of them has yet confirmed which drivers will take part.

Sebastian Vettel is not expected to participate in the test.

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