Pre-season testing begins on Thursday at Bahrain International Circuit and there are 19 different drivers taking the wheel for 10 teams – including reigning Formula 2 champion Felipe Drugovich and reigning F1 champion Max Verstappen.

    Lance Stroll is absent as he recovers from a training accident, so Drugovich takes the wheel of the Aston Martin AMR23 on Thursday morning before handing over to Fernando Alonso.

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    Verstappen is the only driver who will remain in the car for both Thursday sessions, while at Ferrari it's Carlos Sainz who begins the day before handing over to Charles Leclerc. At Mercedes, George Russell starts the day in the W14 and Lewis Hamilton drives in the afternoon.

    Testing starts at 1000 and ends at 1930 with an hour's break at 1415.

    Who's driving on Day 1 of the 2023 pre-season test

    Red Bull Max Verstappen
    Ferrari Carlos Sainz (AM) Charles Leclerc (PM)
    Mercedes George Russell (AM) Lewis Hamilton (PM)
    Alpine Pierre Gasly (AM) Esteban Ocon (PM)
    McLaren Oscar Piastri (AM) Lando Norris (PM)
    Alfa Romeo Zhou Guanyu (AM) Valtteri Bottas (PM)
    Aston Martin Felipe Drugovich (AM) Fernando Alonso (PM)
    Haas Nico Hulkenberg (AM) Kevin Magnussen (PM)
    AlphaTauri Yuki Tsunoda (AM) Nyck de Vries (PM)
    Williams Alex Albon (AM) Logan Sargeant (PM)