Several Formula 1 drivers were paid early-morning visits by drugs testers following the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso was awoken before 7am today and ordered to provide a urine sample to the representative of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).

McLaren driver Sergio Pérez was another driver paid a pre-dawn visit, as he described his very “early morning” wake-up call.

“Got drug tested early hours this morning,” Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo added on his own Twitter feed.

“All of a sudden pissing in your own home becomes difficult with someone staring over your shoulder!”

According to the WADA statutes, competitors can be tested at Grands Prix and also out of competition.

No Formula 1 driver has ever been sanctioned for a failed drugs test, although former Prost F1 driver Tomáš Enge has twice been banned from competition for failing drugs tests, in 2002 and in 2012.

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