Ferrari has announced that test driver Pedro de la Rosa and Marussia F1 team race driver Jules Bianchi to share driving duties for Ferrari in Bahrain tyre test.
The Italian out-fit are one of six teams who have opted to attend the three-day test at Sakhir, which runs from December 17-19 and will feature 2013-spec cars driving to a schedule dictated by Pirelli.
The F1 Commission gave the Italian manufacturer the go-ahead to conduct the extra session on safety grounds so that they can test their 2014 tyres.
The trial run has technically been organised by Pirelli to get some hot-weather running with their development rubber for next season, Ferrari say de la Rosa’s time in the car will also be “important in terms of defining the continuation of the simulator development work began by the Spaniard in 2013”.
Bianchi last drove a Ferrari in the 2012 Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours and the Italian team promoting the highly-rated French youngster (a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy), the team have made clear that his running in Bahrain “will be an opportunity to demonstrate the progress he has made this year in Formula 1”.