The Melbourne race scheduled for March 21st will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, and F1 will stage the opening round of the 2021 season in Bahrain on March 28th. I am ready.
The F1 team was initially considering moving pre-season testing to Bahrain for the 2021 season, but agreed to continue the three-day test at the Barcelona-Cataluña circuit in Spain.
However, the team agreed that it would be best to move the test to Bahrain, as Australia is likely to change its logistical plans related to pre-season testing.
It ensures that all cargo traveling to the Bahrain International Circuit for testing can stay there for the opening race, reducing costs and further travel.
However, Motorsport.com understands that there is still disagreement between the teams about when the three-day test will take place in Bahrain, and the test date remains unconfirmed.
Some want to keep running as close to the race as possible, while others are starting to run further from the weekend in Bahrain.
The sports rules stipulate that the three-day test must be conducted “from February 1st to 10 days before the start of the first event of the championship”.
This means that, in theory, the test could be completed by March 16th, 10 days before the first practice of the Bahrain Grand Prix begins. The test will take place in Barcelona from March 2nd to 4th and ended 17 days before the opening race in Australia was planned.
Once the team has decided on the best dates for the test, the final plan will be made at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Sakhir track is currently scheduled to hold an F2 pre-season test from March 9th to 11th.
It will be the first F1 pre-season test since 2014, when Bahrain conducted two four-day tests at the beginning of the V6 hybrid era.
Since then, the track has hosted in-season testing in 2017 and 2019, hosting an additional Grand Prix last year as part of the 2020 revision schedule.
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