EQ8 Caterham Racing is the first team to confirm its driver line-up for next week's three-day GP2 post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

With the 2013 championship finishing this weekend at the same venue, next week's test is the first opportunity that the 13 teams involved in next year's season to start getting to work on car set-up and crucially to start auditioning possible new drivers for2014.

Caterham are opting to put an experienced driver in one of their two cars for each of the three days, with the test starting on Tuesday November 5 and concluding on Thursday 7 November.

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Current Caterham driver Alexander Rossi is the designated familiar face on the first day, with Barwa Addax's Rio Haryanto then taking over the seat for the following two days.

"It is great to have Alexander in the car for day one as he will be fresh from the race and is keen to support the team and help develop the car further," commented Caterham team manager Phil Spencer. "It is always a pleasure to work with drivers such as Rio who already know their way around a GP2 car. He will be able to push right from the word go so we look forward to seeing how he performs."

The first of the new faces will be current GP3 championship leader Facu Regalia, who is currently racing with ART and goes into this weekend's title decider with a seven point lead over MW Arden's Daniil Kvyat, who last week was sensationally announced as the new Scuderia Toro Rosso driver in F1 for 2014. Regalia has previously tested a GP2 car with both Racing Engineering and iSport International last year at Barcelona.

Regalia will work with the team on Tuesday, and then his spot will be taken for the remaining two days by World Series by Renault and Caterham Racing Academy driver Will Stevens. It'll be the 22-year-old's first outing in a GP2 car although he completed a successful stint in Caterham's F1 car in the Silverstone Young Drivers Test in the summer.

"We are delighted to have Will, Rio and Facu joining the team for the official GP2 test," said Spencer. "Both Facu and Will are very talented young drivers and we will provide them with all the support they need to ensure they complete a productive test programme."

But of course, before the test session next week there is the small matter of the season finale this weekend to take care of first. Rossi goes into his final weekend with the team in 11th place in the drivers standings and hoping to finish in the top ten, while Sergio Canamasas is hoping to score points for what would be only the second time in 2013. Caterham itself is currently in ninth place in the team standings.

"Before the test gets underway we remain 100 per cent focussed on the final round of the Championship in Abu Dhabi this weekend and hope to end the season on a high with both Alexander and Sergio," said Spencer.