Williams become first team to confirm driver schedule for opening 2014 test at Jerez
Bottas first on track at test with Massa to debut on Day Three
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 23/01/14 10:40am
Williams look set to run with interim livery at Jerez
Felipe Massa's debut behind the wheel of a Williams car will come on the third day of next week's Jerez test, the team have revealed, with Valtteri Bottas given the honour of debuting the new FW36.
Having confirmed their attendance at the first test of the winter last week, the Grove-based outfit posted an additional Tweet on Monday outlining their driver run plan for the four days in southern Spain, the first outfit to do so.
"We can announce we will be on track in Jerez. @ValtteriBottas will do days 1 & 2 @Felipe1Massa days 3 & 4 running our heritage blue livery," the Tweet read.
The reference to 'heritage blue livery' would appear to refer to the interim all-navy colour scheme Williams last ran in testing in 2011, which was followed by a later livery launch ahead of the racing season.
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams confirmed at the end of last season that the branding of Venezuelan oil company PDVSA would not appear on the 2014 car following Pastor Maldonado's defection to Lotus, while they have operated without a title sponsor since 2011.
After two years of contrasting fortunes back in tandem with Renault power, Williams have signed a deal to run Mercedes' all-new turbo power units from 2014 while the Grove team have also made a number of high-profile signings to bolster their technical operation after scoring just five points last year.
The team have yet to officially confirm their launch plans for the FW36, but it looks likely that they will join Red Bull, Mercedes and Caterham in an early morning pitlane reveal at Jerez on January 28.
2014 car launch schedule
January 24: McLaren MP4-29 - Online.
January 25: Ferrari - Online.
January 26: Sauber C33 - Online.
January 27: Toro Rosso STR9 - Jerez.
January 28: Red Bull RB10, Mercedes W05 and Caterham - Jerez.
February: Lotus E22 - Pre-Bahrain test.
The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests, starting in Jerez on Tuesday January 28, with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.