close global

Welcome to GPFans

CHOOSE YOUR COUNTRY

  • NL
  • GB
  • ES-MX
  • US
  • GB
F1 star BLASTS 'unfair' pre-season testing

F1 star BLASTS 'unfair' pre-season testing

F1 star BLASTS 'unfair' pre-season testing

GPFans Staff
F1 star BLASTS 'unfair' pre-season testing

Double world champion Fernando Alonso has panned the lack of testing time the teams are given before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The winter break for F1 teams has been relatively short, with three months of respite between the 2023 Abu Dhabi GP on November 26th and the 2024 Bahrain GP on March 2nd.

Before racing commences, a three-day test session will take place in Bahrain, beginning on February 21st and ending on the 23rd.

READ MORE: F1 Schedule 2024: Full calendar with all you need to know about every grand prix

It means drivers will get over a day and a half of testing in their new cars under their belts before racing begins a week later in Bahrain.

The reason behind testing and racing in Bahrain is to keep costs in order and minimise travel before the first race.

F1 cars will be testing in Bahrain at Sakhir before the start of the season
Gerhard Berger testing for McLaren at Estoril, a former testing venue favourite

Alonso slams lack of testing

As early as 2022, the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona hosted pre-season testing, with fans allowed to attend and buy paddock passes, helping them secure access to the drivers and teams.

Previously, most of the teams' pre-season testing programme was conducted in Southern Europe due to the region's excellent weather in January and February. The good weather and excellent facilities meant circuits such as Jerez in Spain and Estoril in Portugal became popular venues in the 1990s and 2000s for F1 teams to extensively test their new cars.

"We have very limited testing in Bahrain," Alonso said. "I've been thinking all winter about this, how unfair it is that we only have one day and a half to prepare [for] a world championship.

"There is no other sport in the world, with all the money involved and with all the marketing and the good things that we say about Formula 1 and being closer and closer to the fans, [where that happens].

"I cannot understand why we then go to Bahrain for four days, which could be two and two for the drivers. If you go to three, which is not even, which is an odd number, you cannot divide between the drivers.

"And I don't know why we don't go with two cars? Because we are already in Bahrain, and we race the following week."

READ MORE: Horner verdict could spark major Red Bull problem claims F1 winner

Related

Fernando Alonso Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Abu Dhabi GP
F1 legend OFFENDED by F1's rejection of Andretti's bid
Latest F1 News

F1 legend OFFENDED by F1's rejection of Andretti's bid

  • Today 11:57
F1 boss holds talks with Prime Minister about potential new race
Latest F1 News

F1 boss holds talks with Prime Minister about potential new race

  • Today 10:57

F1 Race Calendar

Complete kalender 2025
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Ontdek het op Google Play