F1 testing 2024: Confirmed driver line-ups

Find out which drivers will be behind the wheel during Formula 1 testing in Bahrain as the teams prepare for the 2024 season

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As the Formula 1 pre-season testing for 2024 gears up in Bahrain, the anticipation amongst teams and fans is palpable.

Following the structure of the previous year, the 2024 F1 testing schedule promises intense action with teams having a total of 24 hours over three days to fine-tune their machines ahead of the season’s start.

The testing format remains consistent, with two four-hour sessions each day and specific conditions to mimic the Bahrain Grand Prix’s unique challenges.

Sergio Perez in action during 2023 pre-season testing in Bahrain | Red Bull Content Pool

Key Highlights and Adaptations for 2024

Driver Lineups and Session Strategies

Teams continue the practice of fielding a single driver per session, optimizing track time and focusing on detailed feedback for car adjustments. The evening sessions, extending over an hour post-sunset, offer a crucial simulation of the race conditions expected at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

In previous years some teams gave time to reserve drivers – such as Pietro Fittipaldi for Haas in 2022 or Roy Nissany for Williams in 2021 – though in 2023 the only stand-in was Aston Martin‘s Felipe Drugovich for replaced the injured Lance Stroll. And in 2024, no reserve driver has a scheduled outing at the moment. 

Day-by-Day Breakdown

Testing Day 1 – Opening Strategies

Reigning champions and top performers are expected to lay down the marker from the get-go. Following Max Verstappen‘s precedent, the fastest drivers from the 2023 season will likely open the testing, setting early benchmarks for performance and reliability.

TeamDriver (AM)Driver (PM)
Red BullMax VerstappenMax Verstappen
FerrariCharles LeclercCarlos Sainz
MercedesGeorge RussellGeorge Russell
AlpineEsteban OconPierre Gasly
McLarenOscar PiastriLando Norris
SauberValtteri BottasZhou Guanyu
Aston MartinFernando AlonsoLance Stroll
HaasKevin MagnussenNico Hulkenberg
RBYuki TsunodaDaniel Ricciardo
WilliamsAlex AlbonLogan Sargeant

Testing Day 2 – Rotations and Long Runs

The second day will see a mix of continuity and change, with teams rotating drivers to balance experience and potential. The focus may shift towards long-run simulations, crucial for understanding tyre wear, fuel management, and mechanical reliability under prolonged stress.

TeamDriver (AM)Driver (PM)
Red BullSergio PerezMax Verstappen
FerrariCarlos SainzCharles Leclerc
MercedesLewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton
AlpinePierre GaslyEsteban Ocon
McLarenOscar PiastriLando Norris
SauberZhou GuanyuValtteri Bottas
Aston MartinFernando AlonsoLance Stroll
HaasNico HulkenbergKevin Magnussen
RBYuki TsunodaDaniel Ricciardo
WilliamsLogan SargeantLogan Sargeant

Testing Day 3 – The Final Push

The concluding day of testing traditionally witnesses teams pushing their cars to the limits. This day is crucial for gauging outright speed and aerodynamic efficiency, with experienced drivers likely taking the wheel to secure the fastest times, much as seen in the 2023 lineup decisions.

TeamDriver (AM)Driver (PM)
Red BullSergio PerezMax Verstappen
FerrariCarlos SainzCharles Leclerc
MercedesLewis HamiltonGeorge Russell
AlpineEsteban OconPierre Gasly
McLarenLando NorrisOscar Piastri
SauberValtteri BottasZhou Guanyu
Aston MartinLance StrollFernando Alonso
HaasKevin MagnussenNico Hulkenberg
RBDaniel RicciardoYuki Tsunoda
WilliamsAlex AlbonAlex Albon

Looking Ahead to the 2024 Season

As teams finalize their strategies for the 2024 F1 season during testing in Bahrain, the lessons learned from 2023 play a pivotal role in shaping their approaches.

Whether it’s leveraging the experience of seasoned drivers or integrating fresh talent into the fold, each decision is a calculated step towards uncovering the potential and addressing the challenges that lie ahead in the new season.

The dynamic mix of youth and experience in the testing sessions highlights the ever-evolving nature of Formula 1, where adaptation and forward planning are key.

As the F1 community looks forward to the 2024 pre-season testing, the anticipation for what new stories and achievements will unfold is at an all-time high, setting the stage for another thrilling chapter in the sport’s illustrious history.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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