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F1 Test Drivers Archive

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Formerly located at Scott Russell’s Chequered Flag Motorsport website, this is an attempt at archiving all instances of a driver testing a contemporary Formula One car. It includes official test drivers, Friday test drivers, one-off test drivers, and so on. It does not include instances of a regular driver testing during the off-season. Descriptions of the tests will appear in the future. Please post any missing testers in the Test Drivers thread in GlobalF1’s Nostalgia Forum or underneath in the comments section

Thanks in particular to the members of TBK/TBK Light for their assistance in posting pictures of many of the tests. Credit also to 8W’s test driver archive.

AGS
Didier Pironi (1986) – evaluation test for potential comeback that never materialised
Ivan Capelli (1986)

Alfa Romeo
Giovanni-Batista Guidotti (1930s)
Consalvo Sanesi (1946-1951, 1953-1954)
Eddie Cheever (1983)
Giorgio Francia (1985-1986)
Pierre Dieudonne (1981)
Rene Arnoux (1986)
Stirling Moss (1951)
Teodoro Zeccoli (1978-1980)
Vittorio Brambilla (1978-1980) – also occasionally raced for the team

Andrea Moda
Alex Caffi (1992) – drove repainted Coloni during Kyalami acclimatisation session before team was excluded

Arrows (known as Footwork 1991-1996)
Aguri Suzuki (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Alan Jones (1983) – also made a one-off race appearance
Alessandro Zanardi (1991)
Allen Berg (1984)
Antônio Pizzonia (2000, 2002)
Barry Sheene (1978)
Christian Fittipaldi (1993) – prior to joining the team for 1994
Darren Turner (1997)
David Brabham (1992-1993, 1996)
Emmanuel Collard (1998)
Enzo Coloni (1982?)
Gaston Mazzacane (2000)
Gil de Ferran (1993) – in a head-to-head with Verstappen
Gregor Foitek (1989)
Hannu Mikkola (1984) – rally star
Jari Nurminen (1986)
Johnny Herbert (2001) – became test driver after a move to CART failed to materialise
John Jones (1987)
Jonny Kane (2001)
Jörg Müller (1994, 1996-1997)
Jos Verstappen (1993, 1995-1996) – 1996 Bridgestone tyre tests
Kelvin Burt (1996) – was driving for TWR’s Volvo team in the BTCC at the time
Kenny Bräck (1996) – forced by backers to quit role because he wasn’t getting enough testing time
Mark Webber (1999-2000)
Martin Brundle (1997) – acted as team advisor, as well as driving for TWR’s Nissan team at Le Mans
Mika Hakkinen (1993)
Mika Salo (1999)
Patrick Tambay (1982)
Paul Stewart (1993) – retired shortly after to concentrate on his racing team
Paul Warwick (1989) – only F1 test for race driver Derek’s tragic brother
Pedro Lamy (1995)
Perry McCarthy (1991)
Pierre Dieudonne (1985)
Sebastien Bourdais (2002)
Stephen Watson (1998)
Tarso Marques (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Tom Coronel (1999)

Aston Martin
Reg Parnell (1955)

BAR (known as Honda Racing 2006-2008; see also Mercedes GP)
Adam Carroll (2004-2006)
Alan van der Merwe (2004-2006) – was driver for “F1 speed record” attempts at Bonneville in 2006
Alexander Wurz (2008)
Andreas Zuber (2007)
Anthony Davidson (2001-2006, 2008) – stood in for the ill Sato at Sepang in 2005
Björn Wirdheim (2003)
Bruno Senna (2008) – was due to sign for the team for 2009 until Honda withdrew
Cameron McConville (2008) – for Australian TV; last person to test Honda Racing car
Christian Klien (2007)
Darren Manning (2000-2003)
Enrique Bernoldi (2004-2005)
Giorgio Mondini (2006)
Hisashi Tsukahara (2008) – Japanese journalist gifted test at same time as McConville
James Rossiter (2004-2007)
Jean-Christophe Boullion (1999)
Kosuke Matsuura (2002)
Luca Filippi (2007)
Lucas di Grassi (2008)
Marc Hynes (2000)
Marco Andretti (2006-2007) – “reward” for winning Rookie of the Year in the IRL; third-generation F1 driver
Mike Conway (2007-2008)
Nelsinho Piquet (2005)
Nicolas Minassian (1999)
Patrick Lemarié (1999-2003) – friend of Villeneuve who became tester despite minimal experience
Ralph Firman (2002)
Riccardo Patrese (2008) – one-off test 15 years after retirement
Ryo Fukuda (2002)
Takashi Kogure (2008) – opportunity came at Valencia after finishing 3rd in Formula Nippon
Takuma Sato (2001, 2003) – also raced for the team at Suzuka in 2003 before taking full-time seat
Tony Kanaan (2005) – IRL prize test?
Townsend Bell (2003) – another IRL driver with Honda links

Benetton (see also Toleman, Renault F1)
Alan Henry (1986) – journalist
Alessandro Nannini (1987, 1996)
Alessandro Zanardi (1992-1993)
Alex Caffi (1987)
Alexander Wurz (1996-1997) – also substituted for Berger in three 1997 races
Allan McNish (1993-1995)
Andrea Montermini (1992)
Andy Wallace (1986)
Antonio Pizzonia (2000)
King Constantine II of Greece (1990) – one-off on the same day as King Hussein’s test
Damon Hill (1988) – first test for future world champion
David Coulthard (1992)
David Hunt (1986-1988)
Emanuele Pirro (1997)
Emmanuel Collard (1995)
Fernando Alonso (2000-2001)
Gary Brabham (1988)
Gerhard Berger (1995)
Giancarlo Fisichella (1996)
Giorgio Pantano (2000)
Giovanna Amati (1986, 1991)
Giovanni Bonanno (1992)
Hidetoshi Mitsusada (2000)
King Hussein of Jordan (1990) – one-off on the same day as King Constantine’s test
Innes Ireland (1986) – long-retired F1 driver who had become a writer
Jackie Stewart (1989) – for TV
Jarno Trulli (1996) – includes the F1 Indoor Trophy
Jason Watt (1998) – only F1 test prior to motorcycle accident a year later
JJ Lehto (1993)
Johnny Dumfries (1987-1990)
Johnny Herbert (1987, 1989)
Jordi Gene (1993)
Jos Verstappen (1993-1995, 1998)
Kenny Brack (1995)
Laurent Redon (1999)
Luca Badoer (1993)
Mark Webber (2000-2001)
Martin Brundle (1997)
Martin Donnelly (1987)
Maurizio Sandro Sala (1986)
Michele Alboreto (1993)
Mika Hakkinen (1990)
Oliver Gavin (1997-1998)
Otto Rensing (1986)
Paolo Barilla (1986-1987)
Paul Belmondo (1993)
Paul Stewart (1990)
Paul Tracy (1994)
Perry McCarthy (1992)
Roberto Moreno (1990) – prior to replacing Alessandro Nannini due to his injury
Roberto Ravaglia (1986, 1988)
Stefano Modena (1987)
Thierry Boutsen (1986)
Vincenzo Sospiri (1996)

Brabham
Ayrton Senna (1983)
Barry Sheene (1985)
Cees Siewertsen (1974) – for Scuderia Finotto
Christian Danner (1983)
Corrado Fabi (1981-1982)
David Brabham (1990)
Davy Jones (1983)
Elio de Angelis (1985)
Emanuele Pirro (1985)
Franco Uncini (1985) – motorcycle star
Gary Brabham (1989)
Geoff Brabham (1981)
Gunnar Nilsson (1975)
Hans-Joachim Stuck (1982)
Hector Rebaque (1981) – also did the Race of Champions for the team in 1983
Ivan Capelli (1983)
Jackie Stewart (1978) – presumably for TV
Jacky Ickx (1981)
Josele Garza (1987)
Larry Perkins (1976)
Manfred Winkelhock (1981)
Marco Lucchinelli (1985) – motorcycle star
Marc Surer (1981)
Mark Blundell (1990)
Mauro Baldi (1983)
Paolo Barilla (1984)
Patrick Neve (1976)
Pierluigi Martini (1983)
Rick Mears (1979-1980) – 1979 at Paul Ricard; 1980 at Riverside (impressively); turned down a race seat
Roberto Guerrero (1983)
Stirling Moss (1983)
Thierry Boutsen (1981)
Tony Trimmer (1989)
Ukyo Katayama (1990) – tested the BT58Y with a new Yamaha engine in the back
Willy T. Ribbs (1986) – first black F1 driver

BRM
Jose Froilan Gonzalez (1952)
Juan Manuel Fangio (1952)
Ken Richardson (1940s-1950s)
Ken Wharton (1951)
Patrick Neve (1976)
Ron Flockhart (1954-1959)
Stirling Moss (1952, 1954-1956, 1959)

Caterham (known as Lotus Racing/Team Lotus 2010-2011)
Alexander Rossi (2011-2014) – includes FP1s
Davide Valsecchi (2011) – FP1s
Fairuz Fauzy (2010) – first to drive a Fernandes-era Lotus; also did FP1s
Giedo van der Garde (2012) – FP1s and tests
Heikki Kovalainen (2013) – FP1s
Karun Chandhok (2011) – drove in FP1s; also raced at Hockenheim
Luiz Razia (2011) – FP1s
Ma Qing Hua (2013) – one FP1 appearance in China
Nabil Jeffri (2010) – at 16, the youngest ever F1 tester
Ricardo Teixeira (2011)
Roberto Merhi (2014) – includes FP1s
Robin Frijns (2014) – includes FP1s
Rodolfo Gonzalez (2010-2012)
Sergio Canamasas (2013) – straight line testing
Vladimir Arabadzhiev (2010) – first Bulgarian F1 driver
Will Stevens (2013)

Coloni
Antonio Tamburini (1991)
Enzo Coloni (1987)
Gabriele Tarquini (1987)
Luis Perez-Sala (1987)
Pedro Chaves (1990)

Connaught
Stirling Moss (1954)

DAMS (aborted F1 project)
Emmanuel Collard (1995) – was at the launch but did he drive the car?
Erik Comas (1995-1996)
Jan Lammers (1995)

Dome (aborted F1 project)
Marco Apicella (1996)
Michael Krumm (1996)
Naoki Hattori (1996)
Shinji Nakano (1996)

Ensign
Arie Luyendijk (1975?)
Howden Ganley (1973/4?)
Ole Vejlund (1974)

EuroBrun
Bernd Schneider (1990)
Domenico Schiattarella (1990) – drove in F1 Indoor Trophy
Fabrizio Barbazza (1988) – drove in F1 Indoor Trophy

Ferrari
Alessandro Nannini (1992)
Andrea Bertolini (2004-2006)
Andrea Caldarelli (2010) – 2010 Italian F3 prize
Andrea Montermini (1991)
Antonio Fuoco (2015)
Bruno Giacomelli (1983)
Carlos Reutemann (1995, 2004) – 1995 test at Buenos Aires; 2004 test at Interlagos
Cesar Ramos (2010) – 2010 Italian F3 prize
Daniel Juncadella (2012) – 2012 European F3 prize
Daniel Zampieri (2009-2010) – 2009 Italian F3 prize
Daniele Amaduzzo (1980s)
Dario Benuzzi (1988, 1991)
Davide Rigon (2011-2013)
Eddie Cheever (1977)
Eddie Cheever III (2012) – 2012 Italian F3 prize
Eddie Irvine (1995)
Edoardo Piscopo (2008) – 2008 Italian F3 prize
Elio de Angelis (1978)
Esteban Gutierrez (2015)
Esteban Ocon (2014)
Fabrizio Giovanardi (2001)
Felipe Massa (2003)
Gerhard Berger (1986)
Giancarlo Fisichella (1995, 2010) – 1995 same day as Badoer, Martini and Morbidelli
Gianfranco Brancatelli (1975)
Gianni Morbidelli (1989-1993, 1995, 1997) – 1995 same day as Badoer, Fisichella and Martini
Ivan Capelli (1991) – prior to full-time race seat
Jean Alesi (1990) – prior to full-time race seat
Jean-Eric Vergne (2015) – demoed an old Ferrari around the Adelaide circuit
JJ Lehto (1989, 1992)
Johnny Dumfries (1985)
Jules Bianchi (2009-2014)
Kamui Kobayashi (2013) – notably crashed during a demo
Luca Badoer (1995, 1998-2009, 2011) – 1995 same day as Martini, Fisichella and Morbidelli
Luciano Burti (2002-2004)
Marc Gene (2004-2013)
Marco Zipoli (2009) – 2009 Italian F3 prize
Martino Severi (1959-1960)
Max Biaggi (1997, 1999) – motorcycle star
Michael Lewis (2011) – 2011 Italian F3 prize
Michael Schumacher (2007-2009) – 2009 comeback evaluation
Michele Alboreto (1983)
Mirko Bortolotti (2008, 2010) – 2008 Italian F3 prize
Nicola Larini (1992-1998)
Pablo Sanchez-Lopez (2009) – 2009 Italian F3 prize
Pedro de la Rosa (2013)
Petter Solberg (2008) – demo’d the 2006 Ferrari at Fiorano
Pierluigi Martini (1995) – same day as Badoer, Fisichella and Morbidelli
Raffaele Marciello (2014) – 2013 European F3 prize
Riccardo Agostini (2012) – 2012 Italian F3 prize
Richie Ginther (1960)
Roberto Moreno (1988-1989)
Salvatore Cicatelli (2008) – 2008 Italian F3 prize
Sergio Campana (2011) – 2011 Italian F3 prize
Stephane Richelmi (2010) – 2010 Italian F3 prize
Thomas Biagi (2000-2002)
Valentino Rossi (2004-2006, 2008, 2010) – motorcycle star who considered switching to F1

FIRST (aborted F1 project – see also Life)
Gabriele Tarquini (1989)

Force India (see also Spyker)
Antonio Felix da Costa (2010)
Christian Klien (2007) – evaluation tests for 2008 drive at Jerez
Conor Daly (2012-2013) – primarily straight line aero tests
Daniel Juncadella (2014) – includes FP1s
Esteban Ocon (2015)
Franck Montagny (2007) – evaluation tests for 2008 drive at Jerez
Giancarlo Fisichella (2007) – evaluation tests for 2008 drive at Jerez
James Calado (2013) – FP1s and testing
James Rossiter (2013)
Johnny Cecotto Jr (2011)
JR Hildebrand (2009)
Jules Bianchi (2012-2013)
Luiz Razia (2012)
Martin Brundle (2015) – for Sky TV
Max Chilton (2011)
Nick Yelloly (2015)
Nico Hulkenberg (2011) – drove in FP1s as well as test sessions
Pascal Wehrlein (2015)
Paul di Resta (2009-2010) – also did FP1s in 2010
Pedro de la Rosa (2008) – rare instance of McLaren driver using Ferrari power!
Ralf Schumacher (2007) – evaluation tests for 2008 drive at Jerez
Rodolfo Gonzalez (2012)
Roldan Rodriguez (2007) – evaluation tests for 2008 drive at Jerez
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2007-2009) – later replaced Fisichella during 2009
Yelmer Buurman (2010)

Forti
Franck Lagorce (1996)
Giovanni Lavaggi (1995) – drove in F1 Indoor Trophy
Vittorio Zoboli (1995) – drove in F1 Indoor Trophy

Hesketh
Harvey Postlethwaite (1974)

Honda (see also BAR/Honda Racing)
Chris Irwin (1967-1968?) – might also have tested the RA302 in 1968 (see Ireland)
David Hobbs (1968) – is said to have tested the infamous RA302 (see Ireland)
Innes Ireland (1968) – tested the infamous RA302, the car that killed Jo Schlesser
Jos Verstappen (1999) – as part of the aborted project run by Harvey Postlethwaite
Ronnie Bucknum (1963-1964)
Satoru Nakajima (1993-1994)

HRT
Christian Klien (2010) – did FP1s before deputising in races
Dani Clos (2011-2012)
Davide Valsecchi (2010)
Giorgio Mondini (2011)
Jan Charouz (2011) – drove in FP1 at Interlagos, as well as the young driver test
Josef Kral (2010)
Ma Qing Hua (2012) – first Chinese driver to participate in an F1 weekend
Nathanael Berthon (2011)
Pastor Maldonado (2010)
Sakon Yamamoto (2010) – one 3rd driver appearance at Istanbul before racing for the team

Jaguar (see also Stewart, Red Bull Racing)
Andre Lotterer (2000-2003)
Antonio Pizzonia (2002)
Björn Wirdheim (2004)
Christian Danner (2001)
Dario Franchitti (2000) – calamitous test ended any chance of IndyCar star returning to Europe
Fernando Alonso (2002) – evaluation; turned down team for 2003 season
James Courtney (2001-2003) – did not test again after injury at Monza
Luciano Burti (2000) – also stood in at Hungary for Irvine
Martin Brundle (2004) – for TV?
Max Wilson (2000) – Michelin tyre tests
Narain Karthikeyan (2001)
Niki Lauda (2002) – the Austrian’s first taste of an F1 car in years
Pedro de la Rosa (2001) – prior to racing for the team
Tomas Scheckter (2000-2001) – dropped as tester due to curb crawling charge
Tom Kristensen (2000) – Michelin tyre tests
Townsend Bell (2003)
Wolfgang Reitzle (2002) – Jag chairman tested the same day as Lauda

Jordan (see also Midland)
Andrew Gilbert-Scott (1991, 1998, 2000, 2003?) – 1998 drove in drag race against Ferrari F40 for Top Gear
Anthony Davidson (2005)
Bas Leinders (2004)
Björn Wirdheim (2003)
Brian Hart (1994) – tested on last day of testing of the Jordan-Hart in late 94
Chanoch Nissany (2004)
Chris Rea (1993)
Christijan Albers (2004)
Colin McRae (1996) – rally star said to have impressed in rare circuit racing appearance
Darren Turner (1997)
Dave Kennedy (1999) – for TV?
Derek Daly (2004) – for TV?
Diogo Castro Santos (1992)
Emmanuel Collard (1995)
Emanuele Naspetti (1993)
Fabrizio de Simone (1996)
Franck Montagny (2005)
Gary Anderson (1993)
George Fouché (1993)
Gianni Morbidelli (1996)
Jaroslav Janis (2003)
Jason Tahincioglu (2005) – first Turkish F1 driver
Jean-Christophe Bouillion (1995?-1996)
John Watson (1990) – first man to drive a Jordan F1 car at Silverstone
Jos Verstappen (1999)
Juichi Wakisaka (1998)
Justin Wilson (2001)
Kelvin Burt (1994) – last driver to test Jordan-Hart
Laurent Aïello (1994) – reward for winning STW for Peugeot?
Marcel Lasee (2002)
Marco Apicella (1993) – test at Monza before making his (brief) debut
Mario Dominguez (2004-2005) – was reported as securing a Jordan F1 drive
Martin Brundle (1995, 1999?-2000) – 1995 prior to race seat; latter tests for TV?
Martin Donnelly (1993) – “comeback” test after injury
Michael Schumacher (1991) – impressive shakedown at Silverstone prior to debut
Narain Karthikeyan (2001)
Nick Faldo (1993)
Nicky Pastorelli (2005)
Nicolas Kiesa (2005)
Nigel Mansell (1996, 2004) – 1996 evaluation by driver for potential return, 2004 Silverstone test and London demo
Pedro de la Rosa (1997-1998)
Phil Andrews (1992)
Ralf Schumacher (1996)
Ricardo Zonta (1997, 2001)
Richard Lyons (2003)
Robert Doornbos (2004)
Rubens Barrichello (1992)
Sakon Yamamoto (2005)
Satoshi Motoyama (2003)
Shinji Nakano (1999)
Takuma Sato (2000)
Timo Glock (2004)
Tomas Enge (1999-2000)
Vittorio Zoboli (1993-1994) – appeared at 1993 F1 Indoor Trophy
Zsolt Baumgartner (2003) – also substituted for injured Firman in 2 races

Kojima
Keke Rosberg (1977)

Lancia (see also Ferrari)
Alberto Ascari (1954)
Eugenio Castellotti (1954)
Luigi Villoresi (1954)

Larrousse
Andrea Montermini (1992)
Emanuele Pirro (1989)
Emmanuel Clerico (1994)
Elton Julian (1994)
Jean-Marc Gounon (1993)
Olivier Beretta (1993)
Paul Belmondo (1992)
Scott Pruett (1988) – tested at Estoril courtesy of his Ford contract; 3 seconds slower than Alliot

Life (see also FIRST)
Franco Scapini (1989-1990)

Ligier (see also Prost)
Aguri Suzuki (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Alain Prost (1992) – secret evaluation tests
Carlos Reutemann (1983)
Damon Hill (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Derek Daly (1995)
Didier Pironi (1986) – secret 2nd comeback evaluation test at Dijon
Emmanuel Collard (1990-1991, 1995)
Eric Bernard (1993)
Erik Comas (1990)
Franco Forini (1988)
Franck Lagorce (1994-1995)
Jackie Stewart (1978) – for TV?
Jacques Laffite (1988, 1996)
Jean-Louis Schlesser (1989)
Jean-Pierre Jabouille (1983)
Jeremie Dufour (1995)
JJ Lehto (1994)
Jörg Müller (1994)
Jos Verstappen (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Kelvin Burt (1996) – switched to Arrows with Walkinshaw
Kenny Brack (1996)
Max Papis (1994)
Michael Schumacher (1994) – related to the Renault engine
Michel Ferté (1983, 1985)
Niki Lauda (1977)
Olivier Grouillard (1988)
Philippe Alliot (1985)
Philippe Streiff (1985)
Shinji Nakano (1996) – also drove in F1 Indoor Trophy
Tarso Marques (1996) – Bridgestone tyre tests
Thierry Boutsen (1990)
Vincenzo Sospiri (1995)

Lola (see also Larrousse, Scuderia Italia)
Allan McNish (1994-1995) – drove aborted F1 car, the T95/30

Lotus (see also Caterham, Lotus F1)
Alessandro Zanardi (1994) – also replaced injured Lamy in race seat
Bob Evans (1979)
Brian Henton (1975)
Christian Horner (1993) – only test for future RBR boss?
Dave Scott (1981)
David Brabham (1991)
Derek Warwick (1985-1986?, 1989)
Jackie Stewart (1978, 1989) – 1989 test for TV, 1978 as well maybe?
Jan Lammers (1979)
Jim Crawford (1975)
Johnny Dumfries (1984)
Johnny Herbert (1988, 1990-1991)
Martin Donnelly (1988-1989)
Max Papis (1994)
Nelson Piquet (1987)
Oliver Beretta (1992)
Roberto Moreno (1981-1982)
Stephen South (1979)
Tony Trimmer (1970s)
Warren Hughes (1994)
Wayne Gardner (1993) – Australian motorcycling rider

Lotus F1 (see also Renault F1)
Alex Lynn (2014)
Davide Valsecchi (2012-2013)
Charles Pic (2014) – includes FP1s
Edoardo Mortara (2012)
Esteban Ocon (2014) – includes FP1s
Jerome d’Ambrosio (2012) – also stood in for banned Grosjean at Monza
Jolyon Palmer (2015) – includes FP1s
Nicolas Prost (2012-2013)

March (known as Leyton House 1990-1991)
Andy Wallace (1987, 1990)
Bruno Giacomelli (1989-1990)
Gary Brabham (1989)
Giovanni Lavaggi (1992)
Henri Toivonen (1982) – reputedly lapped Silverstone 1.4 seconds faster than Boesel
Jackie Stewart (1989) – TV test
Kris Nissen (1987)
Markku Alen (1989) – rally star
Mauricio Gugelmin (1987)
Ronnie Peterson (?)
Simon Taylor (1970) – journalist and later commentator

Marussia (known as Virgin 2010-2011)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (2011)
Alexander Rossi (2015) –  includes FP1s; was due to race for the team twice
Charles Pic (2011)
Fabio Leimer (2015) – FP1s
Jerome d’Ambrosio (2010) – did FP1s and young driver test
Luiz Razia (2010, 2013) – initially confirmed in race seat but funds failed to materialise
Maria de Villota (2012) – seriously injured in a freak accident in her first test
Max Chilton (2012) – an FP1 appearance and testing
Rio Haryanto (2010, 2012) – 2010 prize for being top Manor GP3 driver
Robert Wickens (2011) – did FP1s and young driver test
Rodolfo Gonzalez (2013) – FP1s and testing
Tio Ellinas (2013) – first Cypriot F1 driver?

Maserati
Sergio Sighinolfi (1950s)

Matra
Graham Hill (1972)
Niki Lauda (1972)

McLaren
Alain Prost (1979, 1994-1996) – in winter 95/96, prepared in case needed to step in for Hakkinen
Alan Jones (1983)
Alex Lloyd (2004) – award test
Alexander Sims (2010) – award test
Alexander Wurz (2001-2005)
Allan McNish (1990-1994)
Andrew Kirkaldy (1999) – award test
Arie Luyendijk (1979)
Ayrton Senna (1983)
Bernd Schneider (1995) – test for winning DTM/ITC?
Cheng Congfu (2004)
Chris Goodwin (2001, 2009-10) – Goodwood FoS demos; probably more than just these years
Craig Lowndes (2011) – demo at Bathurst
Dario Franchitti (1995) – award test
Darren Turner (1997, 1999-2002, 2004) – 1997 award test
Dave Scott (1982)
David Coulthard (1990) – award test
Dean Smith (2010) – award test
Eddie Jordan (1979) – only F1 test for future team boss?
Emanuele Pirro (1988-1991)
Gary Paffett (2001-2003, 2005-2013) – 2002(?) award test
Gil de Ferran (1994)
Giorgio Pantano (2001)
Henri Toivonen (1982)
Huub Rothengatter (1979-1980)
Jackie Stewart (1978)
Jake Dennis (2013) – 2012 award winner
Jamie Davies (1995) – award test
Jamie Green (2004) – award test
Jamie Whincup (2010) – car swap with Jenson Button in Melbourne
Jan Magnussen (1994?-1996) – also raced for team at 95 Pacific GP
Jean Alesi (2002)
Jenson Button (1999) – first F1 test for future WDC
Johnny Dumfries (1984)
John Watson (1988) – demo run at Thruxton
Jonathan Palmer (1981, 1989-1992)
Jonny Kane (1995) – award test
Jos Verstappen (1993)
Kevin Magnussen (2012-2013, 2015)
Laurent Aiello (1994)
Lewis Hamilton (2004, 2006) – 2004 first F1 test for future WDC
Lewis Williamson (2011) – 2010 winner
Marcel Fässler (2001)
Mario Haberfeld (1999)
Mark Blundell (1991-1992, 1995) – replaced Mansell during 1995
Martin Brundle (1983)
Martin Hines (1995-1996) – did ‘regular testing’ until he destroyed an MP4/11 at Idiada
Matt Parry (2014) – 2013 award test
Murray Walker (1983) – for TV
Michael Andretti (1991-1992) – initial evaluations for future flop
Mika Hakkinen (1993, 2006, 2008) – 2008 Singapore demo
Nick Heidfeld (1997-1999)
Niki Lauda (1981)
Oliver Gavin (1993, 1997) – 1993 award test
Oliver Jarvis (2007) – award test
Olivier Panis (1999-2000)
Oliver Rowland (2012) – 2011 winner
Oliver Turvey (2009-2015) – 2009 award test
Patrick Tambay (1975)
Paul di Resta (2007-2008) – 2007 award test
Pedro de la Rosa (2003-2009)
Philippe Alliot (1993-1994)
Quique Mansilla (1982)
Ralf Schumacher (1996)
Ralph Firman (1995) – award test
Raul Boesel (1981)
Ricardo Zonta (1998) – was driving for Mercedes in GTs at the time
Roberto Guerrero (1980)
Roberto Moreno (1991)
Sarah Fisher (2002) – demo at Indianapolis
Stefan Bellof (1983)
Stefan Johansson (1982, 1991)
Stefan Wilson (2009) – award test
Steven Kane (2003) – 2001 award test
Stoffel Vandoorne (2014-2015)
Thierry Boutsen (1980, 1982)
Thierry Tassin (1981)
Tommy Byrne (1982) – allegedly much faster than Boutsen on same day
Tony Stewart (2011) – car swap with Lewis Hamilton at Watkins Glen
Yannick Dalmas (1994)

To come (McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winners):
George Russell – 2014 winner

Did the following McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winners have tests?
Gareth Rees – 1990 winner
Anthony Davidson – 2000 winner

McLaren currently awards an F1 test to the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

Mercedes-Benz
Dr Rudolf Ühlenhaut (1930s, 1954-1955)

Mercedes GP (known as Brawn in 2009; see also Honda)
Anthony Davidson (2009) – reserve driver in 2009; demo’d at Mercedes-Benz World in Nov
Brendon Hartley (2012)
Jazeman Jaafar (2013) – Petronas-backed Malaysian
Marcus Ericsson (2009)
Mike Conway (2009)
Pascal Wehrlein (2014-2015)
Sam Bird (2010-2012)

Midland (see also Jordan, Spyker)
Adrian Sutil (2006)
Adrián Vallés (2006)
Alexandre Premat (2006) – one-off 3rd driver outing after Spyker took over
Christijan Albers (2005)
Ernesto Viso (2006) – one-off 3rd driver outing after Spyker took over
Fabrizio del Monte (2005-2006)
Giorgio Mondini (2006)
Jeffrey van Hooydonk (2005)
Markus Winkelhock (2005-2006)
Max Biaggi (2006)
Roman Rusinov (2005)
Ronnie Quintarelli (2006)
Thomas Biagi (2005)
Tiago Monteiro (2005)

Minardi (see also Toro Rosso)
Alessandro Nannini (1984)
Alex Yoong (2001) – tested at Mugello prior to replacing Marques in the race seat
Andrea Piccini (2001)
Antonio Garcia (2002)
Bas Leinders (2004)
Bryan Herta (2002)
Chanoch Nissany (2004-2005) – Israeli test driver, brought oodles of money to team
Christian Pescatori (1994)
Christijan Albers (2001-2004)
Danilo Rossi (1995)
David Saelens (2001-2002)
Davide Rigon (2005)
Donny Crevels (1998)
Enrico Toccacelo (2005)
Esteban Tuero (1996-1997)
Fabrizio del Monte (2003)
Fernando Alonso (1999-2000) – first F1 tests for future champion
Franco Scapini (1987)
Franck Montagny (2002)
Gaston Mazzacane (1999)
Giancarlo Fisichella (1994-1995)
Gianfranco Brancatelli (1986)
Giorgio Vinella (2000)
Gregor Foitek (1987)
Heikki Kovalainen (2003)
Jeffrey van Hooydonk (2004)
Jirko Malchárek (2002)
José María López (2003)
Josele Garza (1988)
Juan Cáceres (2005)
Justin Wilson (2002)
Katherine Legge (2005)
Laurent Redon (1997-1998)
Luca Badoer (1994, 1997)
Luca Filippi (2005)
(Luis Perez?) Sala (1990)
Marco Apicella (1987, 1990-1992) – 1991 F1 Indoor Trophy
Matteo Bobbi (2002-2003)
Max Wilson (1999)
Michele Alboreto (1985, 1993)
Narain Karthikeyan (2003)
Nicky Pastorelli (2005)
Nicolas Kiesa (2005)
Norbert Siedler (2003)
Norberto Fontana (1999)
Oliver Martini (1997)
Paolo Barilla (1988-1989)
Pastor Maldonado (2004)
Patrick Friesacher (2004)
Patrick Huisman (2004)
Paul Stoddart (2005) – last person to drive Minardi F1 car
Peter Sundberg (1999)
Pierluigi Martini (1984, 1987-1988)
Roldán Rodríguez (2005)
Sergey Zlobin (2002, 2004) – first Russian F1 driver?
Tarso Marquès (1996-1997) – also raced for team in both years
Thomas Biagi (1995)
Tiago Monteiro (2004)
Tom Kristensen (1997)
Will Davison (2004) – Gifted F1 test by compatriot Paul Stoddart
Will Power (2004) – Gifted F1 test by compatriot Paul Stoddart

Modena
Eric van de Poele (1990)
Giovanni Aloi (1990) – set for race seat had it remained GLAS
Mauro Baldi (1990-1991)
Marco Apicella (1990-1991)
Nicola Larini (1990)

Onyx
Eddie Irvine (1989)

Osella (known as Fondmetal 1991-1992)
Enrico Bertaggia (1989)
Enzo Osella (1983)
Fabrizio Barbazza (1985)
Fabrizio Tabaton (1983)
Gianfranco Tacchino (1985)
Giorgio Francia (1985)
Juan Manuel Fangio II (1984)
Marco Greco (1991)
Paul Belmondo (1990)

Pacific
Katsumi Yamamoto (1995) – was due to race for them but denied a superlicense
Oliver Gavin (1994) – was also due to race for them in Australia that year
Paul Belmondo (1995)

Prost (see also Ligier)
Emmanuel Collard (1997)
Enrique Bernoldi (2000)
Jaroslav Janis (2001)
Jenson Button (1999) – impressive test that led to Williams chance
Jonathan Cochet (2001)
Oriol Servià (2000-2001)
Pedro de la Rosa (2001) – involved in swap with Jaguar for Burti soon after
Stephane Samson (2001) – French journalist
Stephane Sarrazin (1999-2001)

RAM (see also March)
Eliseo Salazar (1983)
Nelson Piquet (1983)
Rupert Keegan (1986)
Thierry Boutsen (1981, 1983)

Red Bull Racing (see also Jaguar)
Adrian Newey (2010) – Goodwood FoS 2010 runs
Antonio Felix da Costa (2012-2013)
Brendon Hartley (2008) – stood in for injured Mark Webber; official reserve in 2009
Carlos Sainz Jr (2013)
Daniel Ricciardo (2009-2010, 2013)
David Coulthard (2009-2014) – demos and official reserve in early ’09
Filipe Albuquerque (2007)
Jaime Alguersuari (2010) – demo in the Dominican Republic
Jean-Eric Vergne (2011)
Karun Chandhok (2007, 2010) – 2010 demo at Yeongam
László Palik (2009) – Hungarian commentator and GT driver demo’d in Budapest
Luciano Burti (2008) – for Brazilian TV?
Martin Brundle (2006, 2008, 2013) – TV tests
Michael Ammermuller (2006-2007)
Mika Maki (2008)
Mikhail Aleshin (2008)
Neel Jani (2004, 2011) – 2011 demo on a 18,000-feet mountain pass in India
Pierre Gasly (2015)
Robert Doornbos (2006-2007)
Robin Frijns (2012)
Scott Speed (2005)
Sebastian Vettel (2007-2008)
Sebastien Buemi (2007-2008, 2010, 2014) – 2010 demo in the snow in Canada
Sebastien Loeb (2008) – impressed in one-off Catalunya test
Tom Cruise (2011) – one-off test for the Hollywood actor at Willow Springs
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2004-2006)

Renault (see also Renault F1)
Derek Warwick (1983)
Eddie Cheever (1982)
Gerard Larrousse (1983)
Jan Lammers (1983)
Jean-Pierre Jabouille (1976)
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud (1980)
Jean Ragnotti (1983) – rally star
John Nielsen (1983)
Johnny Rives (1984) – French journalist for L’Equipe
Nelson Piquet (1984)
Nigel Roebuck (1982) – British journalist
Patrick Tambay (1983)
Philippe Streiff (1983)

Renault F1 (see also Benetton, Lotus F1)
Adam Khan (2009) – official Renault demo driver
Allan McNish (2003)
Alvaro Parente (2008) – WSR prize test
Alx Danielsson (2007) – WSR prize test
Bertrand Baguette (2009) – WSR prize test
Bruno Senna (2011)
Carlos Sainz (2006) – rally star given a demo
Christian Danner (2007) – demo
Damon Hill (2006) – demo
Dani Sordo (2007) – Total-arranged exchange with Kovalainen, who tested Citroen C4 WRC
David Hallyday (2005) – son of singer Johnny who was driving in GTs at the time
Fairuz Fauzy (2011)
Fernando Alonso (2002) – official test driver before promotion to race driver in ’03
Franck Montagny (2003-2005)
Giedo van der Garde (2008) – WSR prize test
Giorgio Mondini (2005) – test for winning FRenault V6
Heikki Kovalainen (2003-2006) – also did “Stig” lap of Top Gear test track
Ho-Pin Tung (2009)
Jacques Laffite (2008) – demo
Jacques Villeneuve (2004) – tested prior to unsuccessful 3-race stint with team
Jaime Alguersuari (2012) – Pirelli tyre tests
Jan Charouz (2010-2011)
Jerome d’Ambrosio (2010) – demos and test
Jonathan Cochet (2006-2008) – demos
José María López (2003, 2005-2006) – 2003 test for winning FRenault V6
Kevin Korjus (2011)
László Palik (2008) – Hungarian commentator and GT driver
Loic Duval (2004)
Lucas Di Grassi (2005, 2008-2009, 2012) – 2012 Pirelli tyre tests
Marcos Martinez (2009) – demo at Silverstone
Maria de Villota (2011) – became first woman to drive a contemporary F1 car since 2005 at Paul Ricard
Max Gazzè (2006) – demo
Mikhail Aleshin (2010) – WSR test
Mohammed Ben Sulayem (2009) – demo’d (and crashed) R28 as part of the Dubai roadshow
Nelsinho Piquet (2006-2007)
Nicolas Prost (2010-2011)
Oliver Gavin (2002)
Ricardo Zonta (2007)
Richard Hammond (2007) – for TV programme Top Gear at Silverstone (Stowe circuit)
Robert Doornbos (2008) – demo
Robert Kubica (2005, 2011) – 2005 WSR prize test; 2011 pre-season test prior to rally accident
Robert Wickens (2011)
Romain Dumas (2002)
Romain Grosjean (2008-2009, 2011)
Sakon Yamamoto (2008) – demos
Satoshi Motoyama (2004)
Sebastien Bourdais (2002, 2003)
Sebastien Loeb (2007) – Total-arranged exchange; Kovalainen tested Citroen C4
Tiago Monteiro (2002)

Reynard (aborted F1 project)
Christian Danner (1990-1991) – includes Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Marco Apicella (1990) – includes Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Paolo Barilla (1989) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests

Rial
Thomas Danielsson (1989)
Michael Bartels (1988)

Sauber (known as BMW Sauber 2006-2009)
Adderley Fong (2014) – includes an FP1
Alessandro Zanardi (2006) – first F1 test with hand controls only
Alexander Rossi (2009) – prize for winning 2008 FBMW World Final
Alexander Wurz (1996)
Andy Priaulx (2006, 2008) – touring car star; 2006 demo at Goodwood, 2008 demo at Brands Hatch
Augusto Farfus (2007) – touring car star
Bertrand Baguette (2009)
Christian Klien (2008-2009)
Christian Vietoris (2007) – prize for winning 2006 FBMW World Final
Enrique Bernoldi (1996, 1999-2000)
Esteban Gutierrez (2009-2012) – 2009 test a prize for winning 2008 FBMW Europe
Fabio Leimer (2011)
Felipe Massa (2001, 2003)
Giedo van der Garde (2014) – includes FP1s
Graham Rahal (2008) – demo
Jean-Louis Schlesser (1992)
John Watson (1996)
Jonathan Palmer (1996) – drove car at then-new A1-Ring
Jörg Müller (1998-1999)
Ho-Pin Tung (2008)
Javier Villa (2008)
Karl Wendlinger (1995) – while being “rested” mid-season?
Kimi Raikkonen (2000) – impressive first test for future champion
Kimiya Sato (2013)
Kris Nissen (1994)
Marc Surer (1996)
Marco Holzer (2006) – prize for winning 2005 FBMW World Final
Marko Asmer (2007-2008)
Michael Schumacher (1997) – helped with development; Ferrari-related
Mika Salo (1994)
Neel Jani (2003-2004)
Nicola Larini (1996)
Nigel Mansell (2007) – demo
Norberto Fontana (1995-1997) – also replaced injured Morbidelli in 1997
Philipp Eng (2008) – prize for winning 2007 FBMW World Final
Raffaele Marciello (2015) – includes FP1s
Robert Kubica (2006) – did FP sessions before replacing Villeneuve
Robin Frijns (2012-2013)
Sebastian Vettel (2006-2007) – youngest driver to participate in an F1 weekend in 2006
Sergey Sirotkin (2014) – includes an FP1
Sergio Perez (2010)
Timo Glock (2007)
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2004)

Scuderia Italia
Alex Caffi (1989)
Andrea Montermini (1990)

Shadow
Danny Ongais (1978)

Simtek
Vincenzo Sospiri (1994)

Spirit
Emerson Fittipaldi (1984) – evaluation for potential return?
Fulvio Ballabio (1984)
Thierry Boutsen (1982)

Spyker (see also Midland, Force India)
Adrián Vallés (2007)
Christian Klien (2007) – tested at Spa for evaluation for seat vacated by Albers
Christijan Albers (2007) – demo’d in Rotterdam after being dropped, after which he left the team
Fairuz Fauzy (2007)
Giedo van der Garde (2007)
Markus Winkelhock (2007) – also raced at 07 European GP
Roldan Rodriguez (2007)

Stewart (see also Jaguar)
Eddie Irvine (1999) – tested before team became Jaguar
Jackie Stewart (1997)
Mario Haberfeld (1998)
Luciano Burti (1998-1999)

Super Aguri
Aguri Suzuki (2007)
Christian Danner (2007)
Franck Montagny (2006) – briefly replaced Ide in race seat
Giedo van der Garde (2007) – involved in contractual struggle between SA and Spyker
James Rossiter (2007-2008)
Martin Brundle (2007)
Mike Conway (2007)
Sakon Yamamoto (2006-2007) – also raced in 2006

Toleman (see also Benetton)
Alessandro Nannini (1985)
Emanuele Pirro (1985)
Enzo Coloni (1982?)
Gabriele Tarquini (1985)
Ivan Capelli (1984)
John Watson (1985)
Maurizio Sandro Sala (1985)
Manfred Winkelhock (1984)
Oscar Larrauri (1985)
Paolo Barilla (1985)
Roberto Moreno (1984)
Volker Weidler (1985)

Toro Rosso (see also Minardi)
Brendon Hartley (2008-2009)
Carlos Sainz Jr (2013)
Daniel Ricciardo (2011) – FP1s and testing
Daniil Kvyat (2013) – FP1s and testing
Gerhard Berger (2008) – team co-owner given test shortly before leaving
Jaime Alguersuari (2008-2009) – 2009 straight line tests before racing
Jean-Eric Vergne (2010-2011) – replaced Ricciardo as FP1 driver in 2011
John Hopkins (2006) – PR exchange test with Liuzzi, who rode the Suzuki MotoGP bike
Johnny Cecotto Jr (2012-2013)
Kevin Ceccon (2011)
Luiz Razia (2012)
Marco Wittmann (2015)
Max Verstappen (2014) – includes an FP1
Mirko Bortolotti (2009)
Neel Jani (2005-2006)
Pierre Gasly (2015)
Sebastien Bourdais (2006-2007)
Sebastien Buemi (2008)
Takuma Sato (2008) – did considerable testing but missed out on race seat
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2005) – initial post-Minardi tests

Toyota
Alex Storckenfeld (2002)
Allan McNish (2000-2001)
Andrea Caldarelli (2008)
Andre Lotterer (2007)
Andy Soucek (2006)
Borja García (2005)
Franck Montagny (2006-2007)
Franck Perera (2004-2005)
Helio Castroneves (2002)
Henkie Waldschmidt (2008)
John Howett (2010) – reputedly crashed 2010 car while driving around the factory
Kamui Kobayashi (2006-2008) – also raced in 2009
Katsuyuki Hiranaka (2004)
Kazuki Nakajima (2009-2010) – demo’d at 2009 Fuji festival
Kohei Hirate (2007)
Lucas di Grassi (2011) – tyre tests
Mika Salo (2001)
Nick Heidfeld (2010) – Pirelli tyre tests
Olivier Panis (2005-2006)
Pedro de la Rosa (2010-2011) – Pirelli tyre tests
Peter Windsor (2004) – British journalist’s test for American TV
Ricardo Zonta (2003-2006)
Romain Grosjean (2010) – Pirelli tyre tests
Ryan Briscoe (2001-2005)
Scott Dixon (2004) – prize test for winning IRL?
Stéphane Sarrazin (2002)
Toranosuke Takagi (2003)

Tyrrell
Aguri Suzuki (1992-1993) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Chico Serra (1983)
Emmanuel Collard (1995-1996)
Eric van de Poele (1993)
Gabriele Tarquini (1995)
Heinz-Harald Frentzen (1993) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Huub Rothengatter (1987?)
Jackie Stewart (1975, 1978) – 1975 test of P34, 1978 test for TV?
Jean-Christophe Boullion (1998)
Johnny Herbert (1993) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Kelvin Burt (1993)
Kris Nissen (1980)
Mauro Martini (1992-1994) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests
Mika Salo (1994)
Mike Gascoyne (1998) – in a EuroBOSS race?
Mike Thackwell (1980)
Patrick Lemarié (1998-1999) – friend of Villeneuve brought in by BAT after buying the team
Pedro Lamy (1995)
Piercarlo Ghinzani (1983)
Stefano Modena (1990)
Stefan Johansson (1983)
Tom Kristensen (1998)
Toranosuke Takagi (1997)
Volker Weidler (1990-1992) – Bridgestone/Mugen tyre tests

Williams
Adrian Newey (1993) – the designer of the car
Al Unser Jr (1991) – evaluation of IndyCar star, who was good but not good enough
Alain Menu (1993, 1995) – Williams BTCC star given proper test in 1995 after early promise
Alessandro Zanardi (1998) – prior to disappointing F1 return with the team in 1999
Alex Lynn (2015)
Alexander Wurz (2006)
Allard Kalff (1993) – Dutch journalist
Aluizio Coelho (1998) – FRenault UK prize test?
Andy Priaulx (2005) – touring car star
Andy Soucek (2009) – 2009 F2 prize test
Antônio Pizzonia (1999, 2001-2005)
Ayrton Senna (1983) – at Donington; first F1 test?
Bernard Dudot (1993) – the designer of the engine
Brian Henton (1979)
Bruno Junqueira (1999-2000) – initially tipped as 2000 race driver
Damon Hill (1991-1992)
Dani Clos (2008) – straight line tests
Daniel Juncadella (2013)
Danny Ongais (1978)
Darren Manning (1999)
David Cook (1996)
David Coulthard (1993-1994, 2014) – 2014 for BBC TV
Dean Stoneman (2010) – 2010 F2 prize test
Denis Chevrier (1993)
Derek Daly (1993) – for TV?
Dirk Muller (2002)
Eddie Cheever (1978)
Emmanuel Collard (1994)
Felipe Nasr (2014) – includes an FP1
Geoff Lees (1987)
Giacomo Agostini (1978) – Aurora F1 race?
Giorgio Pantano (2002)
Gunnar Nilsson (1975)
Guy Smith (1995)
Ho-Pin Tung (2003)
Jackie Stewart (1989, 2006) – 1989 TV test, 2006 RBS PR test?
Jacques Laffite (1982)
Jacques Villeneuve (1995)
Jaime Melo (2000)
James Hunt (1990) – TV test? Potential comeback?
Jean-Christophe Boullion (1994-1997)
Jean-Louis Schlesser (1983, 1985, 1987-1988)
Jean-Pierre Jarier (1981)
Jean Ragnotti (1993)
Jeff Gordon (2002) – car swap at Indy with Montoya
João Paulo de Oliveira (2006)
Jochen Mass (1993)
Johnny Robinson (1991-1992) – for adverts/PR
John Watson (1993)
Jonathan Kennard (2008) – first straight line tests of 2009 aero rules package
Jonathan Palmer (1981-1983) – also made one-off race appearance at Brands Hatch in 1983
Jörg Müller (1999-2001) – 1999 BMW testing; 2000 Michelin tyre tests; initially tipped as 2000 race driver
Jose Maria Lopez (2007) – demo/test at Buenos Aires
Juan Pablo Montoya (1997-1998)
Kazuki Nakajima (2007) – raced in Brazil in place of “retired” Wurz
Kazuyoshi Hoshino (1987)
Kelvin Burt (1993)
Keke Rosberg (1981)
Kenny Bräck (1993)
Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani (2009) – first Qatari F1 driver
Lella Lombardi (1978)
Luciano Bacheta (2012) – 2011 F2 prize test
Luciano Burti (2005-2006)
Marc Gene (2001-2004)
Marc Hynes (1997)
Mark Blundell (1989-1991, 2007) – 2007 TV tests
Mark Thatcher (1983) – son of British prime minister Margaret
Marko Asmer (2003)
Martin Brundle (1983, 1988, 2007) – 2007 TV test
Mauricio Gugelmin (1987, 1995)
Max Wilson (1997-1998)
Michele Alboreto (1982)
Mick Doohan (1998) – motorcycle star took part in a Winfield PR test; notably crashed
Mike Thackwell (1984-1985)
Mirko Bortolotti (2011) – 2011 F2 prize test
Narain Karthikeyan (2005-2007)
Nelsinho Piquet (2004)
Nelson Piquet (1985)
Nico Hulkenberg (2007-2009)
Nico Rosberg (2002-2005)
Nicolas Minassian (1997)
Norbert Haug (1986-1988?)
Olivier Beretta (2003-2004)
Pastor Maldonado (2010)
Patrick Head (1993)
Perry McCarthy (1993)
Ricardo Sperafíco (2001, 2003)
Riccardo Patrese (1996)
Richard Antinucci (2002)
Roberto Moreno (1987)
Sam Bird (2007)
Scott Dixon (2004) – evaluation for potential move to F1 that never happened (possibly due to disappointing performances)
Sebastian Vettel (2005) – first F1 test for future WDC; prize for FBMW?
Soheil Ayari (1997)
Susie Wolff (2012-2015) – includes FP1s in 2014 and 2015
Tiff Needell (1991, 2005) – 2005 TV test
Tommi Makinen (1998) – rally star took part in a Winfield PR test
Tom Kristensen (1999-2000) – 2000 Michelin tyre tests
Valtteri Bottas (2010-2012)
Vitantonio Liuzzi (2002)
Warren Hughes (2000)

Wolf
Andrzej Jaroszewicz (1979?) – Polish rally driver, did demo in Poznan?
Jackie Stewart (1978) – TV test?
Keke Rosberg (1977) – demo at Fuji, not wearing a helmet at the time

Vanwall
Stirling Moss (1954)

Zakspeed
Aguri Suzuki (1988)
Christian Danner (1988)
Csaba Kesjar (1987) – first Hungarian F1 driver
Hanspeter Kaufmann (1987)
Joachim Winkelhock (1988)
Kris Nissen (1986-1987?)
Luis Perez Sala (1986)
Manfred Winkelhock (1984, 1987)
Martin Brundle (1986)
Norbert Haug (1987)
Volker Weidler (1986)

1989-1994 Bridgestone/Mugen Tyre Tests
Aguri Suzuki – Tyrrell (1992-1993)
Christian Danner – Reynard (1990)
Heinz-Harald Frentzen – Tyrrell (1993)
Johnny Herbert – Tyrrell (1992)
Marco Apicella – Reynard (1990)
Mauro Martini – Tyrrell (1992-1994)
Paolo Barilla – Reynard (1989)
Volker Weidler – Tyrrell (1990-1992)

1996 Bridgestone Tyre Tests
Aguri Suzuki – Footwork, Ligier
Damon Hill – Ligier
Jos Verstappen – Footwork, Ligier
Tarso Marques – Footwork, Ligier

2000 Michelin Tyre Tests
Jörg Müller – Williams
Max Wilson – Jaguar
Tom Kristensen – Jaguar/Williams

2010-2012 Pirelli Tyre Tests
Jaime Alguersuari (2012) – Renault R30
Lucas di Grassi (2011-2012) – 2011 Toyota TF109; 2012 Renault R30
Nick Heidfeld (2010) – Toyota TF109
Romain Grosjean (2010) – Toyota TF109
Pedro de la Rosa (2010-2011) – Toyota TF109

Tests That Never Happened
Andrea Montermini (Lola, 1997) – announced as test driver, but never drove the car
Andy Soucek (Virgin, 2010) – test and reserve driver but left due to lack of testing opportunities
Alvaro Parente (Virgin, 2010) – announced as test driver but dropped shortly after
Enrico Bertaggia (Andrea Moda, 1992) – announced as a race driver, but was dismissed before driving
Hideki Noda (Simtek, 1995) – dropped by the team after Kobe earthquake left him without sufficient sponsorship
Jacky van de Ende (Stewart, 1997) – awarded test, but never drove the car
Jose Maria Lopez (US F1, 2010) – named as race driver, but project collapsed
Kazuki Nakajima (Stefan, 2010) – named as a race driver by team boss Goran Stefanovich but the car never ran
Ken Block (Toyota, 2011) – rally ace’s Pirelli test run postponed due to his height
Kurt Mollekens (Arrows, 1996/97/98?) – reportedly close to a test after winning the F3 Masters in 1996
Kyle Busch (Toyota, 2008) – arranged test for late ’08 but later called off
Marcel Fassler (Sauber, 2001) – due to go ahead until he got a test with McLaren, so they cancelled
Nicky Pastorelli (Midland, 2005/06) – initially named as 3rd driver for ’06 but ran out of cash
Nick Heidfeld (Mercedes, 2010) – official reserve but seemingly didn’t test
Sakon Yamamoto (Virgin, 2011) – official reserve but seemingly didn’t test
Taki Inoue (Minardi, 1996) – named as a race driver but couldn’t raise the necessary funds and was dropped

Oddities – Tests But Official Entries

– Bernie Ecclestone entered the 1958 Monaco and British Grand Prix in a private Connaught

– Stirling Moss entered the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix for Scarab for testing in practice after being invited by team owner Lance Reventlow

– Mike Hawthorn entered the 1956 Belgian Grand Prix for Maserati for testing in practice

Written by James Bennett

December 23, 2010 at 22:27

9 Responses

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  1. James it occurs to me that Schumacher tested for Jordan at Silverstone (or performed a shakedown anyway) prior to his 1991 debut.

    Forzaminardi

    December 24, 2010 at 01:10

  2. Correct. Cheers

    James Bennett

    December 24, 2010 at 11:54

  3. Should Heidfeld be added to the Mercedes list although he never drove the car?

    Forzaminardi

    January 6, 2011 at 13:51

  4. He is there – down the bottom in the “Tests That Never Happened” section

    James Bennett

    January 6, 2011 at 16:10

  5. …and what about Kevin Cogan? I’m thinig he tested McLaren in Paul Ricard October 1979.

    Tomas Vyslouzil

    June 21, 2011 at 06:04

  6. Hi. Do you know if Loic Duval tested a Renault in 2004? Also do you know a good information list of all drivers to do a test without ever starting a World Championship race?

    Darren Jack

    November 15, 2015 at 03:55

    • Apparently he did, yes, though there are seemingly no pictures. Thanks for the pointer. And I don’t know of a full list – as far as I’m aware, this is the most complete list of test drivers on the internet

      James Bennett

      November 15, 2015 at 17:19

  7. You may add Patrick Neve tested a Brabham BT45 at Birmingham, 1976 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cJiZt-qoYk

    Phil Mievis

    February 19, 2017 at 11:32


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