This yr, the whole thing of pre-season testing was compressed into three days on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit to assist minimise prices and be sure that cargo may very well be shipped to the identical venue because the opening spherical, following the postponement of the Australian Grand Prix.
The whole overhaul in F1’s laws for subsequent season, during which there will likely be no carryover in aerodynamics because the championship returns to a real ground-effect method for the primary time since 1982, signifies that groups are eager to increase the variety of days out there for testing.
AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost was optimistic about F1’s choice to check in Bahrain, citing the extra clement climate as superb, but additionally added that the groups will want extra take a look at days to get on high of subsequent yr’s vehicles.
“I all the time was optimistic to check in Bahrain or in Abu Dhabi, and I feel [on the Friday] within the morning and [the Saturday] morning, we had moderately good situations, however [Friday] within the afternoon, it was fairly dangerous,” stated Tost.
“Barcelona is sort of troublesome throughout this time of the yr. It may be moist, it may be chilly.
“Once we usually would have had the take a look at, in the future it was moist, it was round 14 levels, these are usually not take a look at situations that are optimum for System 1.
“In the course of the season, we are going to sit collectively after which we are going to resolve. Subsequent yr now we have a brand new automotive and due to this fact I don’t suppose that three take a look at days will likely be sufficient.
“However now we have to discover a good stability between the variety of the times and the prices, as a result of 2022 is not going to turn into fairly an inexpensive yr. Subsequently now we have to take every little thing into consideration.”
Franz Tost, Group Principal, AlphaTauri
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Aston Martin chief Otmar Szafnauer agreed with Tost, suggesting that choosing the proper venue in addition to the correct size of time was essential for testing 2022’s vehicles adequately.
He added that 2021’s three take a look at days had been “acceptable” for the continuation of final yr’s vehicles, during which groups had been allowed to make restricted updates to the structural components of the chassis by way of a token system.
“Like Franz says, we’re going to have a wholly new automotive subsequent yr and that ought to go into contemplating the place and for the way lengthy we take a look at subsequent yr,” Szafnauer defined.
“I feel three days was acceptable for this yr with what occurred in 2020, the pandemic, and lowering the quantity of growth within the automotive.
“The climate is tough to foretell [during testing]. [On Friday] we had the sandstorm within the afternoon which wasn’t superb, however like Franz says, you go to Barcelona and it may have been moist and chilly.
“So I feel we end off right here, after which resolve what’s most acceptable for subsequent yr at a later time.”
A few of the drivers additionally agreed that extra testing was superb for 2022, because the vehicles will deal with in another way owing to the diminished general downforce output anticipated.
Williams’ George Russell stated that the groups wanted about six days to check for 2022, however added that it may very well be diminished over the next seasons if the foundations stay static.
“I feel extra testing advantages all people and it is a drawback to all people as properly with having much less testing.
“I feel within the case of subsequent yr now we have such an excessive change to the laws, [and] you will need to have, I feel a minimum of six days underneath our belt for the groups.
“However then shifting ahead, if the laws are secure as they’ve been over the previous three or 4 years, I feel, three days, 4 days as we’re doing in the intervening time might be a superb quantity.”