Accustomed for a long time to seeing the new cars parade every year, the fact that the last preseason tests were not held in Montmeló was a blow to Spain. On this occasion, Formula 1 took them to Bahrain, just two weeks before the start of the World Championship there and only for three days to reduce costs as much as possible. But all that seems to change in 2022 with the arrival of the new generation of cars, according to ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ and confirmed other means.
The German publication revealed the current plans regarding the next calendar and these include releasing the new F1 in Barcelona. Unlike this season, where the continuity of the single-seaters allowed to save many days of tests, next year it is essential to have more hours of tests in the face of the radical change that the teams are going to face with the change in regulations and They have asked to have the usual two weeks of preseason again.
A) Yes, The 2022 F1s are scheduled to make their first kilometers at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya between February 23 and 25. Two weeks later, with enough time to return to the factories and work with the data collected on the Catalan asphalt, the paddock would travel to Bahrain to enjoy another three test days between March 11-13. That would be the roadmap written right now, which would combine Barcelona’s proximity to the teams’ headquarters with the warmer weather in Sakhir.
Start of the World Cup in Bahrain
But they would not only travel to Bahrain because of its temperature, which Pirelli especially likes to have better conditions to test their new 18-inch tires, but because it would be the stage where the World Cup would start again, just like this year. The uncertainty that COVID-19 still generates in the world has extended the debates in the paddock on where to start the season and, Australia scrapped after having to be canceled again, the chosen one is Bahrain.
However, according to ‘Auto Motor und Sport’, a modification in the regulations would have to be included to comply with the dates that are now foreseen. Because the intention is to start the season on March 20, one week after the last day of testing, And right now the regulations only allow ten days of separation between the tests and the first grand prize. Once that obstacle was overcome, the action would not stop and on March 27 the next appointment would be held in Saudi Arabia. We will see if the dates are met, but in Spain they are already rubbing their hands.