According to Motorsport.com, Formula 1 is set to move pre-season testing to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
The reports come amid speculation that the Australian Grand Prix could be postponed due to new COVID-19 restrictions within the state of Victoria, although it was reported today that conversations remain “live and active”.
If the Melbourne race was to be postponed, the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled for March 28 would become the season opener and the teams have reportedly agreed that in that eventuality, testing should move from the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain to Bahrain in order to reduce costs and travel.
Motorsport.com reported that there remains some disagreement over when the three-day test in Bahrain would be held though, with the teams split on how close testing should be to the opening race.
The sporting regulations stipulate there must be a 10-day gap between testing and the first Grand Prix, but as we saw during 2020, the sport could be more flexible in light of the unprecedented circumstances.