Formula 1 will probably move the 2021 pre-season testing to Bahrain, due to the pending postponement of the Australia GP. The usual season opener race in Melbourne indeed is likely to be postponed or maybe even cancelled because of the Coronavirus and the still in force regulations to prevent the spread of it.
The first GP of the 2021 season will be probably in Bahrain on the 28th of March, and for this reason the teams agreed that it would have been best to move the winter testing in Bahrain as well.
This choice has been taken also to avoid costs and further travels in a period in which the Coronavirus regulations will likely be still present. Motorsport.com however reports that there are still some frictions between the teams about when to set the testing. some teams apparently would like to have them just a few days before the race weekend, while other teams would like to have them much earlier.
The sporting regulations in any case state that the three-day test must take place "between 1 February and 10 days before the start of the first event of the championship". This means that the testing could be hosted even until the 16th of March. The testing in Barcelona was set to take place from the 2nd to the 4th of March, so 17 days before the first race in Australia.
If the winter testing should move to Bahrain, it will be the first time since 2014 that the Bahrain track hosts the pre-season testing for the Formula 1 season.
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