Can Paul Ricard Replace Barcelona for 2021 F1 Winter Testing?

February 3, 2020 7:45 pm

In the event that it is up to Paul Ricard, the winter testing of Formula 1 from 2021 will never again be held at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Circuit executive Stephane Clair has demonstrated that the French circuit listens to the association of the test sessions.

Since 2016, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the main circuit on which the Formula 1 groups run an official test in the winter. In the years prior to that, testings took place in Jerez and the Ricardo Tormo Circuit close to Valencia. The teams are sensibly happy with the Catalan circuit as a test circuit, in spite of the fact that the climate is obviously not generally as great in Spain in February.

Additionally this year the six test days will happen close to Barcelona, ​​but that may likewise be the last time. On the off chance, Paul Ricard will be home to the winter tests from 2021 onwards. “We are a candidate to organize the winter tests,” he tells.We already had a good chance it would happen this year.”

Paul Ricard as the winter testing circuit?

That arrangement fizzled after Barcelona and Liberty marked another one-year contract for the Spanish Grand Prix. The circuit was then used for testing. That is, in any event, Clair’s talk. “With this deal, F1 felt that Barcelona had already given them a great deal, so it was normal for them to help by extending the race by one year, in combination with winter testing.”

As of late, there have been standard conversations about moving the winter tests to an alternate area. Bahrain is frequently alluded to in view of the low possibility of awful climate. From a calculated perspective, testing in the Middle East is significantly progressively troublesome. The expenses are likewise a motivation behind why that isn’t the situation.

Clair suspects the groups are ready to come to Paul Ricard, particularly since the last focuses are not an issue inside Europe. “Regarding climate, distance and data, it makes no difference to the teams (whether they go to Paul Ricard or Barcelona). What they especially don’t want is traveling to the other side of the world,” he concluded.

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