F1: Vandoorne gets McLaren run, Ocon in at Mercedes

Stoffel Vandoorne will return to the cockpit of McLaren’s MP4-31 during the first of this year’s two in-season Formula 1 tests, with Esteban Ocon to get his first taste of the Mercedes W07.

Reserve driver Vandoorne made his F1 debut in the Bahrain Grand Prix in April, ffor the injured illing in for Fernando Alonso and finishing the race in 10th place. The reigning GP2 champion has since recorded a podium finish in his first Super Formula round at Suzuka.

Vandoorne will drive on the Wednesday of the two-day test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, after Jenson Button kickstarts the test for McLaren on Tuesday.

A Mercedes junior, Ocon is racing for the German manufacturer in the DTM alongside his role as Renault’s F1 reserve. After driving for Renault on Tuesday, he will switch to Mercedes – represented by Nico Rosberg on the opening day – on Wednesday.

Haas has confirmed its line-up, with race drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez in the car on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Sauber is the only team not taking part due to the fact it will not be introducing any updates for this weekend’s Spanish GP, and it has no young or test driver in place.


             Tuesday    Wednesday
Mercedes Rosberg Ocon
Ferrari TBA TBA
Red Bull TBA TBA
Williams Lynn Massa
Renault Ocon Magnussen
Toro Rosso TBA TBA
Force India Celis Jr. Celis Jr.
McLaren Button Vandoorne
Haas Grosjean Gutierrez

Originally on Autosport.com

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