The F1 teams have agreed on the date of the pre-season test in Bahrain, which will take place 11 days before the start of the first free practice of the season on the same track after the postponement of the Australian GP has been confirmed.
Formula 1 has postponed the first race of the season in Australia, which has been postponed to 21 November, and the Chinese GP has also been postponed and could very easily be canceled and replaced with the Portuguese GP.
For logistical reasons, the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix led to the move of pre-season testing from Barcelona to Bahrain where the first race of the season will take place, and the teams at first could not agree on a date.
The rules stipulate that at least ten days must pass from testing to the first free practice, and the new testing date meets that rule as it will take place from March 12-14.
The test will only take three days to reduce costs, and drivers will have an average of a day and a half to get used to the new cars, which will make the task especially difficult for drivers who have changed teams.
Another option for testing new cars is the so-called ‘filming day’ during which teams are allowed to cover a maximum of 100 km with the current cars on special Pirelli rubber.