Pre-season testing dates announced; reduced to 6 days

Formula 1 will host just six days of pre-season testing ahead of the 2020 F1 World Championship, reduced from the usual eight days.

Formula 1 will hold just six days of pre-season testing ahead of the 2020 World Championship.

According to MotorsportWeek’s Phillip Horton, the pre-season testing will comprise of two separate three day tests at the usual pre-season venue: the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona in Northern Spain.

This is a reduction from eight days in recent years, with two tests of four days apiece being the norm.

The dates for F1 pre-season testing in 2020 are:

  • 19th-21st of February.
  • 26th-28th of February.

With Formula 1 expanding to a record-breaking 22 races in 2020, the decision has also been taken to scrap in-season testing completely. This means that the only testing apart from pre-season that will take place next year will be Pirelli tyre tests with only one or two teams testing on their behalf at any given test. The specifics of these tests are yet to be confirmed.

Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has only recently been confirmed as remaining on the Grand Prix calendar for 2020, having come under threat as a result of the Dutch Grand Prix being introduced for the early May slot. While its future as a race is safe for now, its probability of remaining as the pre-season venue remains high. This is due to the circuit being relatively representative of the characteristics of most Grand Prix venues visited throughout the year, as well as generally favourable weather conditions. Added to that, its location within Europe means that the teams don’t struggle to get parts quickly from their bases to the circuit.

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