FormulaRapida.net has compiled a full list of F1 Bahrain Test line-up, with TV coverage available this time.
Formula 1 is back on track this week for their second three days of official running in 2022, for what F1 is labeling as the official test. The Bahrain International Circuit plays host this time after the first test took place at the cold Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The F1 sphere has enjoyed a raft of car and livery launches to kick off the all-new 2022 campaign with huge speculation over who has got to grips with the technical regulations overhaul looking set to be answered further this week.
Live footage of the first test was not aired, instead written media shared the action and Formula 1 and Sky Sports F1 produced summary shows at the conclusion of each day. The upcoming test however is live on Sky Sports F1, and F1TV, with live commentary from the circuit too, where the morning session is to run from 10:00 to 14:00 (7:00-11:00 GMT) local time and the afternoon from 15:00 to 19:00 (12:00-16:00 GMT).
The C42 was arguably the least reliable car in Barcelona, with Alfa Romeo seemingly struggling the most with the ‘porpoising’ phenomenon which has blighted other teams to differing degrees. Notably McLaren’s MCL36 hardly displayed any signs of it on track, with the Woking-based squad quietly confident going into this season.
The majority of the stories surrounding the aftermath of the first test however has been around the behind the scenes happenings at the Haas team. The American outfit which struggled for reliability much like Alfa Romeo anyway in Barcelona, stripped their VF-22 of Russian-owned Uralkali branding on the final day, and has since terminated its deal with the title sponsor.
As driver Nikita Mazepin’s backers, the cancellation of the deal has led to the Russian losing his drive altogether, with his permanent replacement yet to be announced. Reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will be team mate to Mick Schumacher for the Bahrain test.
But Fittipaldi will step back on Friday and Saturday for Kevin Magnussen who is confirmed to replace Mazepin. Haas will also not take part in the first morning of running as crucial freight was delayed in the UK and only arrived on site late Tuesday night.
Here is the schedule and confirmed driver line-ups for the official pre-season test in Bahrain:
Thursday – Lewis Hamilton (AM), George Russell (PM)
Friday – George Russell (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Saturday – Lewis Hamilton (AM), George Russell (PM)
Red Bull –
Thursday – Sergio Perez
Friday – Max Verstappen
Saturday – Sergio Perez (AM), Max Verstappen (PM)
Thursday – Charles Leclerc (AM), Carlos Sainz (PM)
Friday – Charles Leclerc (AM), Carlos Sainz (PM)
Saturday – Carlos Sainz (AM), Charles Leclerc (PM)
Thursday – Lando Norris
Friday – Lando Norris
Saturday – Lando Norris
Thursday – Esteban Ocon (AM), Fernando Alonso (PM)
Friday – Esteban Ocon
Saturday – Fernando Alonso
Thursday – Pierre Gasly
Friday – Yuki Tsunoda
Saturday – Pierre Gasly (AM), Yuki Tsunoda (PM)
Aston Martin –
Thursday – Sebastian Vettel (AM), Lance Stroll (PM)
Friday – Sebastian Vettel (AM), Lance Stroll (PM)
Saturday – Lance Stroll (AM), Sebastian Vettel (PM)
Thursday – Alex Albon
Friday – Nicholas Latifi
Saturday – Nicholas Latifi (AM), Alex Albon (PM)
Alfa Romeo –
Thursday – Guanyu Zhou (AM), Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Friday – Valtteri Bottas (AM), Guanyu Zhou (PM)
Saturday – Guanyu Zhou (AM), Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Thursday – N/A (AM), Pietro Fittipaldi (PM)
Friday – Mick Schumacher (AM), Kevin Magnussen (PM, one hour extra)
Saturday – Kevin Magnussen (AM, one hour extra), Mick Schumacher (PM, two hours)
The story was written by Danny Herbert
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