Whereas the dates for the primary two-pre season checks had been agreed a number of months in the past, the small print of the runs in Barcelona and Bahrain had nonetheless to be finalised.
On Wednesday, nevertheless, F1 confirmed that its contract with each venues had been agreed, because it laid out the plans for the 2 three-days checks.
The Barcelona take a look at will happen from 23-25 February, whereas the occasion in Bahrain will run from 10-12 March, forward of the season opener on 18 March.
Whereas there shall be large hype surrounding the primary working of 2022 equipment at Barcelona, F1 is treating it as nothing greater than a shakedown run – which usually happen as personal occasions.
In an announcement explaining the plan, F1’s official web site mentioned: “The primary outing is a decrease key, pre-testing monitor session at Barcelona on 23-25 February, permitting the groups to shake down their all-new-for-’22 vehicles for the primary time in the identical place.
“Nonetheless, as is conventional with groups’ pre-testing-type occasions, the working on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya received’t function reside, race-style protection or reside timing, however will embody content material and greatest lap occasions on the finish of every day.”
Max Verstappen, Purple Bull Racing RB16
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Whereas followers won’t be allowed in, media and broadcasters shall be in attendance on the occasion to offer information and updates, and groups will have the ability to submit their very own content material on social media.
Moreover, F1 will even distribute their very own official content material and updates on the finish of every day.
Whereas the choice to deal with the Barcelona take a look at like a shakedown will disappoint followers who’ve attended testing on the venue previously, it’s understood that the choice was made after prompting for groups to vary pre-season working for 2022.
With the laws having whittled down preparations to only a single official take a look at from 2021, a push was made to increase working for 2022 due to the change of guidelines.
That transfer has been accommodated by including the personal take a look at in Barcelona, which F1 and groups need to deal with as nothing greater than a shakedown for them to higher perceive the brand new automobile.
F1 desires to deal with the second take a look at in Bahrain because the official pre-season occasion – so it is going to function the extra common reside timing and tv protection, and shall be open to followers.