Ferrari has revealed that Fernando Alonso will take the wheel of the new F14-T on the opening two days of this week's second pre-season F1 test in Bahrain.

The Scuderia is already hard at work at Bahrain International Circuit, with team personnel preparing the garage ahead of a crucial four days of track action, running up to Saturday.

With the desert venue hopefully providing ideal temperatures for winter testing, Ferrari and its rivals will look to make the most of the track time on offer with just this test and another four-day offering at the same circuit to run before the opening race of 2014 in Melbourne.

A strong wind 24 hours before the test gets underway, however, already has the Scuderia predicting against particularly fast times on the first day, as the surface is likely to be covered with sand blown in from the surrounding area.

Alonso will be first on track for Ferrari, running on the first two days before handing over to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for Friday and Saturday. The emphasis over the four days will be mainly on checking all the systems and control parameters of the F14-T. In addition, the programme will include set-up work, helped by the fact that Sakhir is a more representative circuit for comparing the data obtained over the past few days in the simulator, as well on the tyre front, and the engineers will be relying on the expertise of Alonso and Raikkonen to move forward with the development of the car.

Finally, great attention will be paid to the behaviour of the 059/3 power unit, which has been the focus of a lot of work in the last few weeks as the power unit has to be presented to the FIA to be signed off as homologated by 28 February.



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