Will Bahrain F1 pre-season testing be on TV? When is second pre-season event, UK TV coverage and live streaming

For the first time, Formula 1 drivers will have two chances to test out the cars ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix in March

Barcelona is currently hosting the first of the two pre-season testing events ahead of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

For the first time, the FIA has given teams two pre-season events. The 2022 season will see a whole host of new car regulations as well as new FIA regulations and, in order for the teams to be able to explore the impact this will have on the cars, two pre-season testing events have been introduced.

Following one of the most dramatic endings in a Formula 1 Championship, the FIA have announced a new set of regulations for race directors and communications between the team and race director. 2022 will also see the release of the new cars that were due to hit the track in 2021 had it not been for Covid.

New tyres, wing design and wheel covers have hit the tracks as the new regulations will hope to make for closer racing between teams and an avoidance of such disparity between teams such as Haas and Mercedes.

Daniel Ricciardo during testing in 2021. Daniel Ricciardo during testing in 2021.
Daniel Ricciardo during testing in 2021.

The first pre-season testing has been taking place currently, with it concluding on Friday 25 February 2022, but has not been made available for fewers in order to allow that extra time for the franchises to test out their new machines without the pressure of Sky filming every moment.

However, the story will be slightly different at the next event.

Here is all you need to know about the second pre-season testing event in the F1 calendar…

When is the second pre-season testing event?

The drivers will take part in their second testing event on Thursday 10 March 2022 and it will conclude on Saturday 12 March 2022

Where is the second pre-season testing event?

Bahrain International Circuit will host the second pre-season testing event.

What time will the testing take place?

Similarly to Barcelona, the days will be split into two sessions with the morning one starting at 7am GMT and finishing at 11am while the afternoon sessions starts at 12 pm and finishes at 4pm GMT.

How to follow the Bahrain testing?

Sky Sports F1 will cover the Bahrain testing sessions more similarly to how they follow a typical race weekend.

Sky Sports packages start at around £40/month.

The Bahrain testing will be the first time that fans can see their favourite teams race around the track with the new regulations attributed to the cars.

Who will feature at the Bahrain testing?

Similar to Barcelona, all of the F1 drivers will have their chance to get behind the wheel at various points over the course of the few days.

Sebastian Vettel heads up testing in Barcelona Sebastian Vettel heads up testing in Barcelona
Sebastian Vettel heads up testing in Barcelona

For example, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel has taken the morning session at Barcelona today (Wednesday 23 February 2022) while Lance Stroll, his teammate, will take the afternoon session.

When does the season begin?

The first Grand Prix of the 2022 Formula 1 season commences just eight days after the testing concludes on Sunday 20 March 2022.

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