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2014_f1_australian_f1_gp_melbourne_10-0317 A week left until the first pre-season test in Jerez, it will be the first test for the teams, for some teams Jerez will be the place that they will unveil their 2015 F1 car, whilst Ferrari and McLaren will unveil their car online. There are going to be three tests, all of the them will be held in February and the last one in Barcelona will be completed few days before the first Grand Prix in Melbourne. Until now only two teams unveiled their 2015 season car, Williams was the first one and present the car through F1 Racing magazine, followed by Sahara Force India which presented the 2014 car in their new 2015 colours and with the 2015 nose, their final car will be presented in Barcelona during the last test. What to expect during these tests? I don’t believe that the first test in Jerez will allow us to fully understand what will happen in 2015 season, we must all be patient and wait until the last test in Barcelona, to be able compare the teams. I am saying that, because many teams will not focus in Jerez’s test. New updates and upgrades for all the cars will coming all the time, and their aim will be to gather as many information as possible. Mercedes will be strong, I am waiting the same from Red Bull, Ferrari will be a surprise, but Ferrari’s boss doesn’t expect big things for the team, we will have to wait until the last four or five races and McLaren will try to stay close to these teams, but it will not be able to compete them, it will be Honda’s first season in F1, hence this season will be more like a test for Honda. Williams was a big surprise last season, and I am expecting to see them fighting for the podium in many Grand Prix. For the first test in Jerez the driver lin-up will be: Mercedes: Nico Rosberg (Sunday, Tuesday), Lewis Hamilton (Monday, Wednesday) Red Bull: Daniel Ricciardo (TBA), Daniil Kvyat (TBA) Williams: Valtteri Bottas (TBA), Felipe Massa (TBA) Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel (TBA), Kimi Raikkonen (TBA) McLaren: Fernando Alonso (Sunday, Tuesday), Jenson Button (Monday, Wednesday) Force India: Nico Hulkenberg (TBA), Sergio Perez (TBA) Lotus: Romain Grosjean (TBA), Pastor Maldonado (TBA) Sauber: Marcus Ericsson (Sunday, Tuesday), Felipe Nasr (Monday, Wednesday) Toro Rosso: Carlos Sainz Jr (Sunday, Tuesday), Max Verstappen (Monday, Wednesday)

2015 car launches:

January 29 – McLaren (Online launch) January 30 – Ferrari (Online launch) January 31 – Toro Rosso (Jerez launch) February 1 – Mercedes (Jerez launch)

Pre-Season testing:

February 1-4 – Jerez February 19-22 – Barcelona February 26-March 1 – Barcelona

2015 calendar:

March 15 – Australian Grand Prix March 29 – Malaysian Grand Prix April 12 – Chinese Grand Prix April 19 – Bahrain Grand Prix May 10 – Spanish Grand Prix May 24 – Monaco Grand Prix June 7 – Canadian Grand Prix June 21 – Austrian Grand Prix July 5 – British Grand Prix July 19 – German Grand Prix July 26 – Hungarian Grand Prix August 23 – Belgian Grand Prix September 6 – Italian Grand Prix September 20 – Singapore Grand Prix September 27 – Japanese Grand Prix October 11 – Russian Grand Prix October 25 – United States Grand Prix November 1 – Mexican Grand Prix November 15 – Brazilian Grand Prix November 29 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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