How to follow F1 winter testing live?

Dates, schedules, live coverage… if you are on this page it is because you want to know all the information concerning the 2022 Formula 1 winter tests organized from February 23 to 25 in Barcelona in Spain and from March 10 to 12 in Bahrain.

This week, Formula 1 is back on the Barcelona track for the first three days of winter testing (from February 23 to 25) before heading to Bahrain for three more days of testing (from March 10 to 12).

Once these tests are completed, the teams will begin in Bahrain (March 18) the longest Formula 1 season in history with no less than 23 Grands Prix scheduled this year on the calendar between March and November, i.e. 21 countries visited in just nine months.

Duration of winter testing

As indicated above, the 2022 winter tests are scheduled over six days, whereas the teams had only three days in 2021, in particular because the technical regulations had hardly changed between 2020 and 2021. The teams therefore have three additional days of testing compared to last year, but this is still less than in 2019 when the tests were scheduled over eight days.

This reduction in winter testing since 2020 is a major challenge for the teams, since the drivers will have to share the driving time in pairs, which means that a driver will only be able to drive a day and a half in Barcelona at most. and the same in Bahrain. Thus, the pilots will ultimately have very little time to adapt to their new single-seater before the season begins on March 18.

Completely new single-seaters

Not since 2014 (date of introduction of hybrid engines in F1), winter testing had been so important. Indeed, this year Formula 1 has introduced brand new technical rules, which means that the teams are all starting from scratch in 2022 and will have as their main objective during these tests to understand the new car and to see if they have started in the right direction in terms of development this winter. Those who have taken the wrong road will have more work to do before the first race of the year to try to rectify the situation, despite the very limited number of test days at their disposal.

Who will be the drivers on the track?

All the incumbent drivers will obviously be on the track during these winter tests, but they will have to take turns at the wheel of the single-seaters because the teams only come to the winter tests with a single single-seater. Below, you can find the list of drivers who will be on track during these three days of winter testing in Barcelona – this list will be updated automatically in real time as soon as a team tells us its line-up – while the program for Bahrain will be added in due course.

Team Wednesday February 23 Thursday February 24 Friday February 25
Aston Martin Vettel/Stroll Stroll/Vettel Vettel/Stroll
Haas Mazepin/Sch Sch/Mazepin Mazepin/Sch
williams Latifi/Albon Albon/Latifi Latifi/Albon
Alpha Tauri Yuki Tsunoda Pierre Gasly Gasly /Tsunoda
Alfa Romeo Kubica/Bottas Bottas/Zhou Zhou/Bottas
mercedes
Ferrari
Alpine
McLaren
Red Bull

What are the rules?

There aren’t really any precise rules for F1 winter testing other than the fact that each driver must respect the flags and instructions given by the track marshals during each session. The teams are indeed authorized to use all the parts they wish to mount on the single-seaters since winter testing is not part of the Formula 1 world championship. However, technical delegates from the FIA ​​prowl the pit lane and in the garages to note elements which could be reviewed later in the season and which could be considered illegal according to the regulations.

As such, it is not uncommon to see certain innovative parts fitted to cars during winter testing and never to be used subsequently during the season, precisely because the FIA’s technical delegates have notified the team in question that said part did not comply with the regulations.

The 2022 winter testing program

The teams will be able to drive on the Catalonia route every day of Wednesday February 23 to Friday February 25 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.while a short lunch break is organized every day between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (below are the times of the sessions in Barcelona)

Morning Afternoon
Wednesday February 23 09h00-13h00 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday February 24 09h00-13h00 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday February 25 09h00-13h00 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Below, you can find the times for the driving sessions for the three days of testing in Bahrain from March 10 to 12 (Paris time).

Morning Afternoon
Thursday March 10 08h00-12h00 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday March 11 08h00-12h00 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday March 12 08h00-12h00 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

How to follow the winter tests live?

F1 2022 winter testing will only be broadcast in France in part (only the three days in Bahrain) on the Formula 1 digital platform, F1 TV Pro, but you will need to subscribe to the service to be able to watch the tests. wintry.

Another possibility, as every year you can follow all the F1 winter tests on F1only.fr for free through our live text supplemented with images and videos throughout the day.

The program on F1only.fr

For the 2022 winter testing in Barcelona: we will start the live every day at 08:50 (Paris time) until 13:00. The live will then resume at 2:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. At the lunch break, we will offer you a summary of the morning, while a summary of the day will be published every evening around 6:30 p.m.

For Bahrain 2022 winter testing: again, we will start the live every day at 07:50 (Paris time) until 12:00. The live will then resume at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. At the lunch break, we will offer you a summary of the morning, while a summary of the day will be published every evening around 5:30 p.m.

I count on you !

The winter tests being a real marathon for me with more than 40 hours of live in six days in addition to the news to be published constantly, I am counting on your presence friends to give me strength. In addition, winter testing is often the best time of the year to discuss all together and discuss our common passion before being completely caught up in the pace imposed on me by the complete coverage of a Formula 1 season.

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