Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will kick of testing for McLaren and Ferrari at Jerez this week

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    Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will kick of testing for McLaren and Ferrari at Jerez this week

    Post by Ross on 8th February 2010, 09:05

    New signings to kick off Jerez test

    Both Ferrari and McLaren's respective new signings will drive their 2010 cars on the opening two days at Jerez this week, the second of four pre-season track sessions in the run up to Bahrain.

    Fernando Alonso will drive Ferrari's F10 car on Wednesday and Thursday after having driven it for the first time last week. The Spaniard will test a few minor mechanical updates on the car, which appears to have an early advantage on its opponents after topping all three days of the first 2010 test at Valencia.

    Ferrari say they will not introduce any new aerodynamic parts until the next Jerez test in a week's time.

    Meanwhile McLaren plan to field reigning champion Jenson Button when the test - in which Red Bull, Force India and Virgin are set to join the fray with their new cars - begins on Wednesday.

    Team-mate Lewis Hamilton will then take over driving duties during the final two days from Friday onwards. Hamilton and Button could only manage fifth and tenth respectively during three days' testing at Valencia, and McLaren are expected to introduce some new aerodynamic upgrades during the next few weeks.

    With Thursday likely to be the only dry day of track action as thunderstorms are forecast, teams may not be able to clock as many laps as hoped, with Red Bull, who elected to miss the first test in exchange for extra development time, set to be the biggest sufferers.

    As always, will keep you up-to-date with all the action and headlines as the week unfolds.

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