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It’s only been three months since the chequered flag flew in Abu Dhabi, but the Formula 1 grid is already back in action

F1 testing

Testing is the first chance to see the new cars in action

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February 19-21 + 26-28, Formula 1 testing

Formula 1 testing returns to Barcelona and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2020, and teams will have just six days of running to prepare for the record 22-race season ahead.

This will be the first chance for teams to assess how they stack up after the winter break and whether or not they have hit their targets ahead of the opening round in Melbourne just two weeks later.

While no major regulation changes have happened in the short break since last season, it is the first chance for drivers to get to grips with their 2020 machines, and teams will be keeping a watchful eye on rivals.

Tickets are available to the public direct from the circuit and offer access to the Main Grandstand, Grandstands E, F, J and K (East Area – Main Straight) and Grandstands G, C and H (North Area – Stadium Area). Tickets are currently on sale.

Prices start at €23 but you will pay more for tickets that allow access above the pitlane. One bit of good news is teams are now banned from using screens to hide their cars, in order to improve the spectacle for fans who have made the journey.

Okay, so testing may not be completely action packed, but with young chargers like Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc angling to lead the fight against Lewis Hamilton, it’s always a good way to blow away the cobwebs after the not-so-long winter break.


There are regular flights to Barcelona International Airport through most airlines from the UK. Return tickets should cost around £100-£200. From there, the circuit is located 40km north east and trains are available to nearby Montmeló while driving to the circuit should take no longer than 45 minutes.
The proximity of the circuit to the city centre means you can combine F1 with the quieter pleasures of Antoni Gaudí’s architecture and the Picasso museum or the equally noisy La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street.
The chance to get trackside. Grandstands are left basically open, so be sure to walk around the track to different viewing spots to grab sight of the cars under load.


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