F1: Testing! Testing! Tweeting! Testing!


What Happens When You Know It’s Been Too Long

11:09am EST — While it has been less than a week since the first Formula1 test session concluded in Valencia with Ferrari and Fernando Alonso topping the charts and amount of laps done, the lull between that test and tomorrow’s four day test in Jerez has seemed bereft of excitement (never mind two team launches, addendum and explanations to rules, driver contract rumors, etc.).  Last week’s test was rife with excellent (and apparently spontaneous) tweeting from the teams and journalists present.  Autosport says they will be providing the live coverage they began on the second day of Valencia’s test for this week.

Testing begins again with three more teams in the garages and on-track.  Every team but LotusF1, Campos, and USF1 will be testing this week.  LotusF1 has been quite active in ensuring that the press and public know that they are doing just fine (team owner Tony Fernandes, quite literally, just tweeted “Shakedown started. Quite a few tears.”)  Still, ten of the thirteen team entries will be together for the next four days.  The following is the provisional driver schedule for the test.

Team          Feb 10        Feb 11        Feb 12         Feb 13
Mercedes      Rosberg       Schumacher    Rosberg        Schumacher
Red Bull      Webber        Webber        Vettel         Vettel
Mclaren       Button        Button        Hamilton       Hamilton
Ferrari       Alonso        Alonso        Massa          Massa
Sauber        Kobayashi     Kobayashi     de la Rosa     de la Rosa
Williams      Hulkenberg    Hulkenberg    Barrichello    Barrichello
Renault       Petrov        Petrov        Kubica         Kubica
Force India   Liuzzi        Liuzzi        Sutil          Sutil
Toro Rosso    Buemi         Buemi         Alguersuari    Alguersuari
Virgin Racing Glock         Glock         di Grassi      di Grassi
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