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Hulkenberg among Tuesday test debuts at Jerez 04 Dec 2007

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW29. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Marko Asmer (EST) prepares to test for BMW Sauber. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Formula One cars returned to the track on Tuesday morning as the final major test session of 2007 got underway at Jerez in Spain. Several new faces are expected behind the wheel this week as teams look to finalise their driver line-ups for next season.

Twenty-year-old German Nico Hulkenberg, a star of this year’s Formula Three Euro Series, is making his Formula One debut with Williams, whose regular test driver, Kazuki Nakajima, has been promoted to a race seat for 2008 following Alex Wurz’s retirement.

Force India, formerly Spyker, have begun a busy week of driver evaluations, with Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella and former Toyota tester Franck Montagny already in the cockpit. Another ex-Toyota man, Ralf Schumacher, will be in action later in the week, as will one-time Red Bull team mates Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien.

BMW Sauber will be giving testing opportunities to two young hopefuls - Spanish driver Javier Villa, a GP2 regular this season, and Estonia’s Marko Asmer, the reigning British Formula Three champion. Meanwhile, BMW’s 2007 tester Timo Glock will make his first appearance for Toyota, the team for whom he will race next season.

At Ferrari there will be no new faces, rather the return of a very familiar one, as Michael Schumacher gets behind the wheel once more following his successful testing comeback in Barcelona last month.

This week’s Jerez session continues until Friday, so there is still time for some unexpected additions. Check back regularly for the latest news and images from Spain, plus in-depth daily testing reports.