Lewis Hamilton will test Mercedes' W05 on Wednesday and Friday in Bahrain

2008 champion set to altenate running with Nico Rosberg

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 19/02/14 11:12am

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Lewis Hamilton: Back behind the wheel on Wednesday

Lewis Hamilton: Back behind the wheel on Wednesday

Lewis Hamilton will take the wheel of Mercedes' W05 on day one of this week's Bahrain test, which starts on Wednesday.

The 2008 World Champion will also be on track on Friday, with the Brackley team therefore set to alternate running with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The second of F1's three pre-season tests finds Mercedes in a strong position. Hamilton and Rosberg covered more laps - 301 - than any of their rivals in Jerez three weeks ago, with the German easily completing a full race distance on the final day.

Speaking at the time, Rosberg voiced cautious optimism, saying that although the car's reliability looked good, they had still to test its performance.

"It's a decent start and I had expected it to be a lot worse. The goal coming here was to get a lot of mileage and we have managed to achieve that quite well. It's a surprise to do so many laps because it's been a mission with the new technology," he said.

"We have no idea where we are on pace so it's really early days," Rosberg acknowledged. "It's not possible to give a mark out of ten because pace is important and we have no idea where we are on pace.

"Nothing was all-out, not even the driver! It was just important to do a lot of kilometres."

Bahrain Test One - Driver line-ups

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel - Wednesday and Thursday; Daniel Ricciardo - Friday and Saturday.

Ferrari: Fernando Alonso - Wednesday and Thursday; Kimi Raikkonen - Friday and Saturday.

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton - Wednesday and Friday; Nico Rosberg - Thursday and Saturday.

Lotus: Romain Grosjean - Wednesday and Thursday; Pastor Maldonado - Friday and Saturday.

McLaren: Kevin Magnussen - Wednesday and Thursday; Jenson Button - Friday and Saturday.

Force India: Nico Hulkenberg - Wednesday and Thursday; Sergio Perez - Friday & Saturday.

Sauber: Adrian Sutil - Wednesday and Saturday; Esteban Gutierrez - Thursday and Friday.

Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat - Wednesday and Friday; Jean-Eric Vergne - Thursday and Saturday.

Williams: Felipe Massa - Wednesday; Remaining days to be confirmed.

Marussia: Jules Bianchi - Wednesday and Saturday; Max Chilton on Thursday and Friday.

Caterham: Robin Frijns - Wednesday; Kamui Kobayashi - Thursday and Saturday; Marcus Ericsson - Friday.

The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.

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