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Driver roster for Bahrain tire test taking shape

Dec 13, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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With four Formula One teams preparing to test Pirelli’s 2014 prototype tires next week in Bahrain, all but one of them have confirmed their respective driver rosters for the three-day session.

Red Bull reserve driver Sebastian Buemi will handle all three days at the Bahrain International Circuit for the World Champions, while its junior squad, Scuderia Toro Rosso, will trot out their 2014 race driver duo, veteran Jean-Eric Vergne (pictured) and incoming rookie Daniil Kvyat.

An STR release states that Vergne is slated to test for the first day and a half in the team’s 2013 challenger, the STR8, before Kvyat steps into the cockpit for the remainder.

With the 19-year-old Kvyat making a massive jump to F1 after claiming the GP3 crown this past year, he’ll no doubt appreciate the chance to gather extra experience in the car.

Ferrari will also have a two-driver lineup in Bahrain with its development driver, Pedro de la Rosa, in the F138 for the first two days and Marussia race driver Jules Bianchi in for the third and final day.

In addition to Bianchi’s work with Marussia (where he will compete for a second season in 2014), he is also a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.

“With a nod to the activity surrounding young driver development undertaken by the Ferrari Driver Academy, it will be an opportunity to demonstrate the progress he has made this year in Formula 1,” the Scuderia said in a release regarding Bianchi’s role in Bahrain.

Mercedes is now the lone squad that has yet to announce its lineup for next week’s four-team test.

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