The Formula 1 circus heads to Mugello for the year's one and only in-season test with established drivers

Rewind to 2008 and that was the last time that Formula 1 runners were allowed the luxury of an in-season circuit test for their racing drivers.

But kickstarting today, we have our first in-season test, with the F1 circus – with the exception of the HRT F1 team – heading to the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, near the Italian city of Florence, for three days of all-important running.

This is the one and only opportunity that teams will have to put some serious mileage on their cars ahead of the all-important European leg of the championship.

All will be bringing major updates to their cars, and some of the underperforming teams – most notably Ferrari – will be desperately hoping that these new components bring about a much-needed improvement in their competitiveness.

As always, will provide you with a daily round-up – and the best photos – from the three days of activity in Italy, so let’s take a look at who will be piloting the cars for the next three days:

Team Day(s) Running Driver  
Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 Tue, Wed AM Mark Webber AUS
  Wed PM, Thu Sebastian Vettel DEU
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 Tue AM, Thu Oliver Turvey GBR
  Tue PM, Wed Gary Paffett GBR
Scuderia Ferrari F2012 Tue, Thu Fernando Alonso ESP
  Wed Felipe Massa BRA
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W03 Tue AM, Thu Nico Rosberg DEU
  Tue PM, Wed Michael Schumacher DEU
Lotus F1 Team Renault E20 Tue Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL
  Wed Romain Grosjean FRA
  Thu Kimi Räikkönen FIN
Sahara Force India F1 Team Mercedes VJM05 Tue Jules Bianchi FRA
  Wed Paul di Resta GBR
  Thu Nico Hülkenberg DEU
Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C31 Tue, Wed Kamui Kobayashi JPN
  Thu Sergio Pérez MEX
Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 Tue, Wed AM Jean-Éric Vergne FRA
  Wed PM, Thu Daniel Ricciardo AUS
Williams F1 Team Renault FW34 Tue Valtteri Bottas FIN
  Wed Bruno Senna BRA
  Thu Pastor Maldonado VEN
Caterham F1 Team Renault CT01 Tue Rodolfo González VEN
  Wed Vitaly Petrov RUS
  Thu Heikki Kovalainen FIN
HRT F1 Team Cosworth F112 Tue, Wed, Thu Not Running  
Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 Tue, Wed AM Charles Pic FRA
  Wed PM, Thu Timo Glock DEU

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.