Esteban Ocon will have a last chance to drive a Mercedes Formula 1 car in next week’s tyre test before he joins Renault for next season.Circuit de Catalunya.
Mercedes technical director James Allison said adding the extra test to help Pirelli develop their tyre compounds for the 2020 F1 season was “tough but do-able” when asked by RaceFans.
“The aim of getting better tyres is a noble one,” he added. “We’re just leaning heavily on people who are knackered but they’ll stand up and do it. I think Esteban Ocon is going to drive.”
Red Bull’s chief engineer for car engineering Paul Monaghan said the extra test made life “very difficult indeed” for them ahead of Honda’s home race.
“We are heading to Suzuka, clearly with Honda we want to be in the best shape we can be. And now we’re being pulled to Barcelona as well so it’s mighty challenging.
“We’ll do it, we certainly will do it, we’ll run a car. Jake Dennis I believe is going to drive it. He’s driven our car many times before, he’ll be fine, he’ll do a good job for us and we’ll go and do a tyre test.”
Sebastian Vettel will drive Ferrari’s car before heading immediately to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.
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