F1 testing 2021: Schedule and who's driving in the Bahrain test

Formula 1 teams will be on-track together the first time in 2021 this week with the start of pre-season testing in Bahrain. Find out which driver is testing when during the three-day test.

F1 testing 2021: Schedule and who's driving in the Bahrain test

The Bahrain International Circuit will host the sole collective test ahead of the new season, which will take place across three days from Friday March 12 to Sunday March 14.

While most teams have already completed a shakedown with their new cars, limited to 100km, Bahrain will mark the first opportunity to give them an extensive run-out ahead of the new season.

Only three teams are entering 2021 with the same driver line-up as last year, meaning a number of drivers will spend the test getting used to their new surroundings and working with new faces, adding to the importance of the test.

Read Also:

Most teams will look to split running between its two race drivers for the coming season, handing them 1.5 days each in the car, but Williams has already confirmed one day of its running will be given to development driver Roy Nissany.

Some teams will look to split each day in half, allowing its drivers to run on all three days, while others are giving its drivers one full day each.

Bahrain F1 pre-season testing - Team by team

  Friday  Saturday Sunday
Mercedes

Finland Valtteri Bottas (AM)

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (PM)

United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (AM)
Finland Valtteri Bottas (PM)

TBC

Red Bull Netherlands Max Verstappen Mexico Sergio Perez Mexico Sergio Perez (AM)
Netherlands Max Verstappen (PM)
McLaren

Australia Daniel Ricciardo (AM)
United Kingdom Lando Norris (PM)

Australia Daniel Ricciardo (AM)
United Kingdom Lando Norris (PM)

United Kingdom Lando Norris (AM)
Australia Daniel Ricciardo (PM)

Aston Martin

Germany Sebastian Vettel (AM)

Canada Lance Stroll (PM)

Germany Sebastian Vettel (AM)

Canada Lance Stroll (PM)

Canada Lance Stroll (AM)

Germany Sebastian Vettel (PM)

Alpine France Esteban Ocon Spain Fernando Alonso

France Esteban Ocon (AM)

Spain Fernando Alonso (PM)

Ferrari

Monaco Charles Leclerc (AM)

Spain Carlos Sainz (PM)

Spain Carlos Sainz (AM)

Monaco Charles Leclerc (PM)

TBC

AlphaTauri

France Pierre Gasly (AM)

Japan Yuki Tsunoda (PM)

Japan Yuki Tsunoda (AM)

France Pierre Gasly (PM)

France Pierre Gasly (AM)

Japan Yuki Tsunoda (PM)

Alfa Romeo

Finland Kimi Raikkonen (AM)

Italy Antonio Giovinazzi (PM)

Italy Antonio Giovinazzi

Finland Kimi Raikkonen

Haas

Germany Mick Schumacher (AM)

Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin (PM)

Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin (AM)
Germany Mick Schumacher (PM)

Germany Mick Schumacher (AM)

Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin (PM)

Williams

Israel Roy Nissany

Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom George Russell

When are the testing sessions?

Testing last year took place over six days in Barcelona, but the freeze in the regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted F1 to cut back to three days for 2021. It means there is a more limited window to get up to speed, resolve any issues that may arise and gauge the quality of the competition.

Each day will be split into early and late sessions in Bahrain, taking place from 10:00 to 14:00 and 15:00 to 19:00 local time respectively.

It maintains the typical eight hours of on-track running that teams got per day when testing took place in Barcelona.

A new element for testing will be that it finishes after sunset, which takes place in Bahrain around 17:45 each day currently. The track is fitted with floodlights used for the grand prix, ensuring conditions will still be usable for teams and drivers.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero sensors

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF1000 with aero sensors

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

shares
comments

Related video

How Aston Martin has moved on from Mercedes clone controversy

Previous article

How Aston Martin has moved on from Mercedes clone controversy

Next article

Bond, ballet and hackers: Who won F1's launch season?

Bond, ballet and hackers: Who won F1's launch season?
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Bahrain March testing
Author Luke Smith
Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Prime

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Prime

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Prime

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The themes to watch in F1's Imola return Prime

The themes to watch in F1's Imola return

Three weeks is a long time in Formula 1, but in the reshaped start to the 2021 season the teams head to Imola to pick things up after the frenetic Bahrain opener. Here's what to look out for and the developments to follow at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Prime

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

Formula 1
Apr 12, 2021
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Prime

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says Nigel Roebuck.

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Prime

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now? Prime

Is Formula 1 as good as it has ever been now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021