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F1 pre-season testing 2024: How to watch, where is it and who's driving?

The F1 pre season testing of 2024 is almost upon us and as is now tradition, official on-track running will begin with testing at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Sergio Perez Red Bull Bahrain Test
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The three-day test will provide an initial insight into which teams look strong and which have issues to sort out before the first race of the season at the same venue the following week.

Can anyone get between Max Verstappen, Red Bull and both titles? We will get our first pieces of information on February 21-23.

F1 pre-season testing 2024 © XPBimages

When is F1 pre-season testing

Pre-season testing will take place on the dates stated above in Bahrain, with the season-opening venue taking over hosting duties from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in recent years.

This allows teams to test new machinery in representative conditions, rather than the much colder climate offered by the Spanish venue during the winter.

Like last season, only three days of testing is permitted ahead of the campaign, though shakedowns are allowed through each team's filming day allocation. This allows up to 200km of running.

F1 pre-season testing schedule

Date Start Finish
Wednesday February 21 07:00 GMT [10:00 local] 16:00 GMT [19:00 local]
Thursday February 22 07:00 GMT [10:00 local] 16:00 GMT [19:00 local]
Friday February 23 07:00 GMT [10:00 local] 16:00 GMT [19:00 local]
F1 pre-season testing 2024 © XPBimages

F1 pre-season testing driver line-ups

The pre-season testing driver line-ups will reflect the confirmed grid for the upcoming campaign, with each driver hoping to make the most of what little time behind the wheel they have.

Each competitor will be restricted to one and a half days of testing each, with some drivers doing one full day and then a half day, whilst others will run across three half days.

With there being no change to the F1 grid for the coming season, there are no new faces to cast an eye over, though with recent market moves there will be no shortage of stories to discuss.

F1 pre-season testing 2024 driver line-up

Team Driver Driver
Red Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton George Russell
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
McLaren Lando Norris Oscar Piastri
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso Lance Stroll
Alpine Pierre Gasly Esteban Ocon
Williams Alex Albon Logan Sargeant
Visa Cash App RB Daniel Ricciardo Yuki Tsunoda
Stake Sauber Valtteri Bottas Zhou Guanyu
Haas Kevin Magnussen Nico Hulkenberg
F1 pre-season testing 2024 © XPBimages

How to watch F1 pre-season testing

For viewers in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports F1 will show every moment of testing, with F1 TV also providing coverage in applicable countries.

RacingNews365 will also cover testing in its entirety, so you'll never miss a moment.

How to watch F1 pre-season testing [UK]

Channel Session Timing
Sky Sports F1 Morning 06:50 - 11:20 GMT
Afternoon 12:10 - 16:40 GMT

F1 pre-season testing 2024 weather forecast

One of two vital factors in holding the pre-season test in Bahrain rather than Europe is the weather.

The forecast will see temperatures reach over 20 degrees Celsius on each day of the test to allow optimum running conditions.

There have been issues in the past, however, with a sandstorm impacting run plans but, in general, the weather offers much greater testing opportunities than the chilly temperatures of the European winter.

It is worth noting that temperatures will fluctuate across the nine hours between the start and end of each day.

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