Formula One Releases the Schedule for 2020 Pre-Season Testing

Published 02/18/2020, 8:50 AM EST
The Circuit de Catalunya


After three long months, the familiar roar of Formula One engines will finally greet everyone’s ears. Although the season has not started just yet, the fans will be thrilled that pre-season testing is very, very close.

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Everything kicks off on February 19 until the 21st, and again from the 26th to the 28th of February. All in all, each of the 10 teams have six days of running in total.
As always, testing is normally held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, where Haas and Alfa Romeo’s 2020 challengers will make an appearance. While testing may not represent an accurate depiction of how the grid will line up, it will give fans and analysts a general idea.

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How many days will Formula One testing last?

As opposed to previous years, testing days have been limited to a grand total of 6 days. Previously, teams were handed with six days of running rather than eight. There are two three-day tests: the first from February 19-21 and the second from February 26-28.

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2020 pre-season testing schedule
Session Day Time
Day 1 19 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Day 2 20 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Day 3 21 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Day 1 26 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Day 2 27 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Day 3 28 February 9:00AM-6:00PM (Local Time)
Unlike regular race sessions, pre-season testing is focused on assessing the cars’ reliability. This is because, this is the first time that the 2020 cars have a chance to stretch their legs after they were first conceived.  In addition to that, teams will be collating valuable performance data before the first Grand Prix of the season takes place.

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Furthermore, every Formula One team needs to compare the data from a real world setting and from the simulator. That data is collected with the aid of numerous sensors and devices. Meanwhile, on the drivers’ side of things, it is a matter of shaking off some of the rust and also get to grips with the new cars.

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