Formula 1 testing 2016: Driver line-up and team launch schedule

The new Formula 1 season kicks off in earnest at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Monday, following a busy week of launches

Formula 1 testing 2016: Driver line-up and team launch schedule

The home of the Spanish Grand Prix will host F1 teams over a pair of four-day tests, the first on February 22-25 and the second on March 1-4.

Autosport will provide comprehensive live commentary and analysis from all eight days of pre-season F1 testing and launches, from about 6:30am UK time on Monday.

ANALYSIS: 10 things to look for in pre-season testing

Mercedes launched the W07 it hopes will take the team to a third-straight title on Sunday morning, with McLaren also showcasing its new MP4-31.

Newcomer Haas brought forward the launch of its maiden F1 car, revealing the VF-16 on Sunday afternoon.

The weekend launches followed Ferrari's SF16-H and the Williams FW38 on Friday.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

Ferrari's more conventional SF16-H

Can the FW38 move Williams forward?

Have McLaren and Honda done enough with the MP4-31?

Red Bull has released the livery its RB12 will carry this season, with the new car to be revealed on Monday morning.

A more indicative Renault RS16 will also be seen, following the launch of the French manufacturer's new F1 programme last month.

A busy opening morning of the Barcelona test will include the first look at the new cars from Force India, Toro Rosso (without livery) and Manor, while Sauber is running its 2016 livery on an updated version of last year's car for now before launching its new model for test two.

TEST DRIVER LINE-UP:

 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY Mercedes  Hamilton Rosberg Hamilton Rosberg Ferrari  Vettel Vettel Raikkonen Raikkonen Williams  Bottas Bottas Massa Massa Red Bull  Ricciardo Ricciardo Kvyat Kvyat Force India Celis Perez Hulkenberg Celis Renault  Palmer Palmer Magnussen Magnussen Toro Rosso  Sainz Verstappen Sainz Verstappen Sauber  Ericsson Ericsson Nasr Nasr McLaren  Button Alonso Button Alonso Manor  Wehrlein Wehrlein Haryanto Haryanto Haas  Grosjean Gutierrez Grosjean Gutierrez 
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