F1 pre-season testing is underway once more at Barcelona

In a little over two weeks’ time, the F1 circus will have travelled the many thousands of miles ‘Down Under’ for the 2012 championship season to kick off in earnest. But before that, there’s the matter of the third and final pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, which kicks off today and runs until Sunday.

Of course, you can follow all of the action with RichardsF1.com, with our complete end-of-day analysis and a selection of the day’s best pictures from the greatest Formula 1 photographers from LAT and Sutton Images.

The test will mark the final opportunity to finalise development parts and test new concepts before the teams pack up and head to Melbourne.

For the likes of Red Bull and McLaren, their pre-season run has gone smoothly and they have every reason to be confident. But for others, like Ferrari and Lotus, their pre-season run has seen questionable pace and reliability, respectively, and they’ll desperately be hoping for a turnaround in form here.

While the line-up and schedules are subject to change, here’s who is confirmed as driving (and when) over the next four days:

Team Day(s) Running Driver  
Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 Thu, Sat Mark Webber AUS
  Fri, Sun Sebastian Vettel DEU
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 Thu, Sat Jenson Button GBR
  Fri, Sun Lewis Hamilton GBR
Scuderia Ferrari F2012 Thu, Sat Felipe Massa BRA
  Fri, Sun Fernando Alonso ESP
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W03 Thu, Sat Nico Rosberg DEU
  Fri, Sun Michael Schumacher DEU
Lotus F1 Team Renault E20 Thu, Fri Romain Grosjean FRA
  Sat, Sun Kimi Räikkönen FIN
Sahara Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM05 Thu, Sat Paul di Resta GBR
  Fri, Sun Nico Hülkenberg DEU
Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C31 Thu, Sat Sergio Pérez MEX
  Fri, Sun Kamui Kobayashi JPN
Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 Thu, Fri Jean-Éric Vergne FRA
  Sat, Sun Daniel Ricciardo AUS
Williams F1 Team Renault FW34 Thu, Fri, Sun Pastor Maldonado VEN
  Fri, Sat, Sun Bruno Senna BRA
Caterham F1 Team Renault CT01 Thu, Fri Heikki Kovalainen FIN
  Sat, Sun Vitaly Petrov RUS
HRT F1 Team Cosworth F112 Thu, Fri, Sat Not Running  
  Sun Pedro de la Rosa? ESP
Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01* All Not Running  

* Denotes 2011 car

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