The 2014 season begins: Jerez test preview

By on Monday, January 27, 2014
Red Bull will unveil the RB10 on Tuesday morning

Red Bull will unveil the RB10 on Tuesday morning

The first track action of the season commences on Tuesday morning as 10 teams begin their testing programme at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

The first of the three four-day tests will feature all bar Lotus as 2014's drivers get their first real taste of their machines for the coming season.

Formula 1 enters a new era this year as v8 engines have been replaced by 1.6 litre v6 power units, meaning that the first test is a step into the unknown.

Prior to the start of track action, several teams will be unveiling their 2014 challengers.

Toro Rosso's STR9 will be revealed in the pit lane late on Monday afternoon, while reigning world champions Red Bull will take the wraps off of the RB10 early on Tuesday morning.

Force India will also undergo a proper launch on Tuesday morning before the VJM07 hits the track in the hands of Sergio Perez.

Mercedes and Caterham will also unveil their 2014 challengers before track running begins on Tuesday morning at 9am local time (CET).

Marussia was set to unveil the MR-03 prior to the start of track action but a technical glitch means that they will not be in action until later in the week.

Lotus is the only team set to miss out on proceedings, meaning that Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will have to wait until the second test in Bahrain before they can complete track running in the E22. The team released a computer image of the E22 last week.

A couple of reserve drivers will also receive track time as Force India's Daniel Juncadella and Caterham's Robin Frijns will make their debut for their respective teams on Thursday.

The test is set to stay largely dry, although showers are predicted for Wednesday, while temperatures will hover around 15 degrees Celsius. Tyre supplier Pirelli is bringing a special one-off winter tyre to the test in order to combat the low temperatures, which can lead to graining. Pirelli is also set to dedicate the final day of running to wet weather testing, with the track to be artificially watered, unless there is significant wet weather across the first three days.

Performance is expected to take a back seat this week as teams attempt to put as much mileage on their 2014 cars as possible, with some teams expecting reliability issues to lead to periods of running punctuated by red flags.

The next tests take place in Bahrain next month, prior to the first race of the year in Australia on March 16th.

F1Zone.net will bring you the latest news live from the circuit at Jerez.

 TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Caterham-RenaultM. EricssonM. EricssonR. FrijnsK. Kobayashi
FerrariK. RäikkönenK. RäikkönenF. AlonsoF. Alonso
Force India-MercedesS. PérezN. HülkenbergD. JuncadellaTBA
Marussia-FerrariNot presentJ. Bianchi (TBC)J. Bianchi (TBC)M. Chilton (TBC)
McLaren-MercedesJ. ButtonJ. ButtonK. MagnussenK. Magnussen
MercedesL. HamiltonN. RosbergL. HamiltonN. Rosberg
Red Bull-RenaultS. VettelS. VettelD. RicciardoD. Ricciardo
Sauber-FerrariE. GutiérrezE. GutiérrezA. SutilA. Sutil
Toro Rosso-RenaultJ. VergneD. KvyatJ. VergneD. Kvyat
Williams-MercedesV. BottasV. BottasF. MassaF. Massa


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