2021 F1 Pre-Season Testing: When Is It, Where To Watch and What Time Is It?

Published 03/08/2021, 6:30 AM EST
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


F1 Pre-season testing will demonstrate what the teams have learned over the break. This will allow the teams to benefit from the evaluation and be confident for the new season. The wait for the season so start is slowly dismissing as the 2021 pre-season testing will be under way this week.

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Last year’s pre-season was conducted in Barcelona, at the same track which hosts the Spanish Grand Prix. However, this year’s pre-season testing will take place in Bahrain, which will also host the opening race of the season just a few weeks afterward.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 13: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 13, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)

When, where, and how to watch the 2021  F1 pre-season testing

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The pre-season testing will take place over three days, the first test begins on the 12th of March and the last test takes place on the 14th. The timings for the test is as follows, AST-10:00, IST-12:30, GMT-7:00, EST-2:00 & ACT-18:00.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace – Pool/Getty Images)

Adding on, the live coverage of the test will be broadcasted by Sky Sports. They will run the broadcast straight for eight hours, showing all the F1 action that will take place in Bahrain. In addition, Sky F1 subscribers can watch it on the app by logging in through their account, similarly, updates of the tests will be given out by social media.

Once the lights go off, the  thrill begins all over again

We are just weeks away from the first race of the year that will kick open the 2021 Formula One. The same track in Bahrain will host the opening round on the 28th of March.

This year will see some new faces in the grid as well as some old ones but in different colors. The goal remains the same to win both championships, the driver’s title, and the constructor’s title.

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Once those lights on the track turn green, it starts all over again. Teams and drivers will fight for points hoping to be the one that comes out on top, but until then we can only speculate what will happen in the new year of racing.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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