Formula 1 teams have already held a 25% shorter winter test this year than in previous years – only twice three days instead of twice – but in 2021 the preparation will be even more drastically shorter.
You’ve heard of this before, but according to Motorsport.com, now that the teams have agreed, it is certain that it will only be available for testing three days before next season. The reason is simple: due to the coronavirus epidemic and its (financial) effects, the introduction of major rule changes has been postponed, and in 2021 this year’s – very minimally changing – cars will be used, so there is no need to go around that much.
There is no final decision on the location yet, but knowing that Bahrain is the favorite, because although it is a more expensive option to travel to the Middle East, the desert Sahir track is practically guaranteed to have suitable weather conditions for work, unlike in, say, Barcelona, where a rainy day one third of the total test.
While it really won’t take twice to three days for cars, pilots who change teams, but especially those who enter or return to F1 next year, would still benefit from as much track work as possible, so stakeholders are looking for the opportunity.
Renault still wants to be able to send Fernando Alonso to this year’s car in this year’s Abu Dhabi test, originally intended exclusively for young people – to take part in up to two F1 Grand Prixes, writes AS Spain, but McLaren opposes it. The paper adds that Renault, however, has found an ally in Ferrari, as Scuderia also wants to put Carlos Sainz, who will replace Sebastian Vettel, in a car in December.