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Drivers announced for Winter Testing in Jerez, Spain

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Fernando Alonso will be kicking off the new McLaren Honda era at winter testing this coming February at Jerez, Spain.

The Spaniard will be driving the new McLaren-Honda on days one and three of the test, with Jenson Button testing the MP4-30 on days two and four.

After a poor performance in winter testing at Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, where McLaren-Honda failed to put together more than five laps in the two days of the first round of winter testing, I will be hoping for a stronger performance from the Honda engine as it makes its return in the 2015 season.

A similar set up goes for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with Rosberg taking the reins on days one and three, and the reigning world champion on days two and four. This is an alternating combination from last year's testing running up to the 2014 season.

Max Verstappen will be making his debut appearance in the Toro Rosso on days two and four, with Carlos Sainz driving the car on days one and three.

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The 17-year-old Verstappen is sure to have some great results this season; he finished 12th in practice at Suzuka in October 2014 having stepped into a Formula One car for the first time ever, who knows what he could achieve once the season gets started – no doubt, some top 10 finishes.

With the season getting closer and closer, winter testing is proving extremely essential to each of the team’s developments of their 2015 chassis’ and engines.

I hope that the McLaren and Verstappen especially, are able to capitalize on successful testing in Jerez to start the new season off with a bang for us all in Melbourne, Australia.

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