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F1 testing schedule and driver start times in Barcelona

Formula 1 has come out of the other side after a bitter couple of months following the controversial ending to the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton is back, Michael Masi has been removed as race director and pre-season testing will start in Barcelona on Wednesday.

The 2022 F1 season will also bring in new rules and regulations, pushing teams to adjust their cars to capitalise on new technical innovations designed to improve competition and depth to the sport after a year dominated each week by Mercedes and Red Bull.

This week we will be taking a closer look at all 10 F1 teams, with each day allowing us to see who has adapted well and who needs to frantically work overtime to be competitive in the first race of the season in Bahrain.

The second wave of testing will switch to Bahrain on 10-12 March, with the Bahrain GP a week later from 18-20 March. But first, here are the times and schedule for the F1 teams and drivers, who will showcase their talent at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 23-25 February:

F1 testing schedule

The track opens from 8am GMT until 5pm GMT, with the first session at 8am GMT until 12pm GMT and the second at 1pm GMT until 5pm GMT. There is an hour for lunch that can be skipped to catch up on track time if it is lost due to red flags or poor weather conditions. Overall testing time is capped at nine hours per day.

Aston Martin

Wednesday: Sebastian Vettel (AM)/Lance Stroll (PM)

Thursday: Lance Stroll (AM)/Sebastian Vettel (PM)

Friday: Sebastian Vettel (AM/Lance Stroll (PM)


Wednesday: Haas Nikita Mazepin (AM)/Mick Schumacher (PM)

Thursday: Mick Schumacher (AM)/Nikita Mazepin (PM)

Friday: Nikita Mazepin (AM)/Mick Schumacher (PM)


Wednesday: Nicholas Latifi (AM)/Alexander Albon (PM)

Thursday: Alexander Albon (AM)/Nicholas Latifi (PM)

Friday: Nicholas Latifi (AM)/Alexander Albon (PM)

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