Does F1 Pre-Season Testing Really Matter? Everything You Need To Know About the Sessions in Bahrain & Barcelona

Published 12/26/2021, 7:38 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Formula One is a complex sport. The F1 cars are the fastest cars in the world and the series is the peak of motorsport. So every year the teams try to make a car that is both fast and within the regulations of the sport. So after they develop the car over the duration of the season, they get a chance to test the car.

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In the Formula One Pre-season test, the teams get an idea of how fast their car is and where they stand in the pecking order. The Pre-season testing is usually done in Barcelona for six days before the first race of the season.

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Why is the F1-Pre Season Testing Important?

As reported by Formula1.com, the test is important so that the teams can carry out the system checks that they have made during the development of the cars.

It is also important so that the teams can gather the data from the aerodynamics of the car. After they gather the data from the aerodynamics, they compare it to the figures from their wind tunnel simulations. This gives the teams an idea of whether they have gained or lost in terms of performance as compared to the previous season.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Formula One has been conducting its Pre-Season Testing in Barcelona since 2013. But in 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it shifted the testing to Bahrain.

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In 2022, F1 will host six days of testing in both Barcelona and Bahrain. A three-day program at the end of February will be done in Barcelona and another three-day program in Bahrain in mid-March just before the opening race.

The Pre-Season test in 2022 will be more essential as F1 will have new cars. So it is a clean slate for every team and testing might determine their chances for success in the 2022 season. The middle and the bottom finishing teams have a really good chance to do better in 2022.

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Teams such as Ferrari and Alpine could emerge as the favorites, as they had more time to develop their cars, and overall, the 2022 is likely to be very exciting.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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