Formula1 is discussing the option of moving the Eight days of pre-season testing to Bahrain for 2019 to ensure better testing weather. But agreements have not been reached yet.
Pre-season testing was previously held in Bahrain between 2006 and 2009 and then again in 2014, but with some tests held in Europe.
The new proposal, however, will see all of the 2019 pre-season sessions held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.
Formula 1 teams had previouusly expressed unhappiness regarding the additional costs of shipping spare parts and updates to the Gulf.
Currently, pre-season testing takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, but this year a whole day was lost due to inclement weather, prompting Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to say that “anywhere” would be better.
“We came here for cost reasons. It’s cheaper than flying all the kit and people out to Bahrain. But it actually ends up costing you money by not running,” he said.
According to the German-language Auto Motor Und Sport news outlet, however, Formula 1 management has now agreed to cover costs, in exchange for the teams permitting greater access for TV crews during the tests.
The 2018 Formula 1 season closes on November 25 with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where teams also carry out some testing after the event.
Source Credit: Arabian Business