Formula 1's first group test of the year will get underway on Monday, with nine of the eleven teams due to continue their preparations for the 2008 FIA F1 World Championship.

McLaren conducted a 'closed test' at Jerez last week, running from Wednesday to Friday, following the launch of the new MP4-23 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on January 7.

"Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa were all present for the test, which ran two MP4-23 chassis without any major issues and saw the new car cover over 1,999 kilometres," confirmed a statement from the Woking-based outfit on its official website.

"The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes engineering team will now spend the weekend analysing and working with the intelligence gathered from the three day session as the pre-season development programme continues."

McLaren will resume running with de la Rosa working alongside Gary Paffett, who will be taking the wheel of the MP4-23 for the first time.

In addition, Ferrari will also be in action, with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa both down to run for all-three days.

Toyota, Williams and Toro Rosso - like McLaren and Ferrari - plan to run two-cars with Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock kicking off proceedings in the TF108, while Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima will drive for Williams on day 1 and Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais will be on track for STR.

Red Bull Racing look set to run just one car on days 1 and 2, with David Coulthard getting out first, while Mark Webber will drive on Tuesday. Both will test on Wednesday, when the Milton Keynes-based outfit will officially unveil the new RB4.

Super Aguri will utilise James Rossiter and Anthony Davidson, while Force India F1 have yet to confirm who will test.

Renault will test for four days, with Nelson Piquet Jr kicking off the work for the Regie before Fernando Alonso tests on days 2 and 3 and Alavro Parente on day 4.

BMW Sauber will not be in action, as the Swiss-based outfit will officially launch its new car - the F1.08 - in Munich on Monday, with a roll-out the next day at Valencia. It is thought that Honda won't start test either, although both teams should be at the second group test, which commences the following week at Valencia on Tuesday, January 22.

 

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