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Alonso: Why not four days and two cars per team for F1 testing?

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Fernando Alonso has questioned the limited testing available to teams and drivers ahead of the 2024 Formula 1 World Championship season.

The double F1 World Chmap suggests a fourth day of testing should be added as well as teams being allowed to run both cars on those days.

The first of three days of F1 testing began today at Bahrain International Circuit, a week before the Grand Prix at the same venue, prompting 41-year-old Alonso to lament the lack of preparation at hand before the ‘show’ Begins in just over a week.

Alonso told reporters: “We have very limited testing in Bahrain, which is, and by the way, I can say it now because I’ve been thinking all winter about this. How unfair we have one day and a half to prepare a World Championship.

“There’s no other sport in the world, with all the money involved, and with all the marketing and the good things that we say about Formula 1, and being closer and closer to the fans, I cannot understand why we are not in Bahrain for four days, which could be two and two for the drivers,” he added.

Consider the testing programme Alonso enjoyed, along with Lewis Hamilton, when he joined McLaren for the 2007 season, The MP4-22 completed 27,150 kilometres in testing with Alonso doing 8,277 km and Lewis Hamilton completing 7,714 km and the rest driven by the team’s reserves Gary Paffett and Pedro de la Rosa.

Over the next three days, Alonso and Hamilton will be lucky to complete 1,500 km each, ditto their fellow F1 drivers on the grid this year.

Fernando: I don’t know why we don’t go Testing with two cars

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“If you go to three days, which is not even, which is an odd number, you cannot divide [fairly] between the drivers. And I don’t know why we don’t go [testing] with two cars because we are already in Bahrain and we’re racing the following week,” added the Spanish veteran Aston Martin F1 driver.

Meanwhile, inevitably Alonso has been linked to the Mercedes F1 seat that will be vacated at the end of this season by Ferrari-bound Lewis Hamilton. Leaving the German team seeking a teammate for George Russell.

Contracted to Aston Martin, Alonso said of his plans beyond the end of 2024: “If we cannot reach an agreement I know that I am attractive to other teams I will not stay in F1 just to have fun. I am not that kind of person and not that kind of driver. Let’s see what the options are.

“There are only F1 three world champions on the grid and I am the only one available for 2025, so I am in a good position,” added Alonso, suggesting he is open to an offer. Watch this space!

Big Question: Is three days enough for F1 preseason testing?