The year 2021 marked an end tradition Which saw the F1 teams meet in Barcelona in the winter to prepare for the season in Montmelo in two distinct sessions for a total of eight or six days of testing interspersed with a break of a few days useful for preparing new or required spare parts in the factory after the first round of testing. But this year, thanks to the pandemic and non-revolutionary regulations compared to the previous one, F1 has decided to simply support a three-day test in Bahrain at the Sakhir circuit, the same route that the 2021 championship will kick off from this weekend.
Franz ToastThe team manager, Alpha Tauri, emphasized that the exception should not become a rule, especially in light of the major organizational change expected for 2022: We will have a brand new car and there will not be enough three days to take the proper tests – Explanation of the manager reached by Racefans.net – It will be necessary to find a good compromise in the test days that will take place and anywhere, also because 2022 itself will indeed be a huge burden on the difference in terms of costs. ” Otmar SzafnauerAston Martin’s manager is calling to return to Barcelona to avoid a logistically expensive trip like the one in Bahrain: “For this year, three days of testing was a reasonable option given the situation, but for 2022 we will have to think about the dates and locations of the pre-season exams.”
Unlike colleagues Marcin Podkovsky From the Alps defends Bahrain as a chosen path for winter tests: “The days were definitely not wasted in Sakhir, even during the sandstorm it was possible to do some informative and guided tours. The test in Barcelona is definitely cheaper and the logistical much easier. What is certain is that in 2021 it was very important to try in Bahrain, that You have three days of full activity on the track without relying on the weather. ”