Date and location confirmed for 2023 F1 pre-season testing


The schedule for the 2023 Formula 1 season is now closer to being finalized, as the Bahrain International Circuit has announced it will host the three-day pre-season testing session ahead of the first race of the new championship.

Bahrain will once again be the venue for pre-season testing, where all ten teams will prepare the 2023 F1 campaign from 23-25 February as they get to grips with their new challengers. The Bahrain International Circuit also hosted the pre-season testing sessions last year and in 2022.

Sakhir has also played host to in-season testing from the teams in the last few years, thanks to its location and the fact that Bahrain also hosts the first race of the championship. In 2023, the three days of running will take place based on a similar format to the pre-season schedule seen this year, as the test takes place just one week before the 2023 Formula One season begins at the same circuit.

The full 2023 calendar for next season has been officially announced by the FIA last weekend and the confirmation of Bahrain’s pre-season test comes after the FIA also informed that next championship there will be six Sprint weekends, as compared to three this year. Formula 1 therefore confirms the positive feedback for Sprint races, explaining that the popularity of this new format led to the decision.

The circuits for the Sprint sessions have not yet been confirmed, but the calendar is now closer still to completion following Bahrain’s pre-season test announcement.

Full confirmed F1 2023 schedule so far

Pre-season testing: 23-25 February – Bahrain (Sakhir)

2023 Formula 1 calendar (including six Sprint weekends which will be confirmed later)

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5th March 2023 – Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir) 19th March 2023 – Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah) 2nd April 2023 – Australian Grand Prix (Albert Park, Melbourne) 16th April 2023 – Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai) 30th April 2023 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Baku City Circuit) 7th May 2023 – Miami Grand Prix (Miami) 21st May 2023 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Imola) 28th May 2023 – Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo) 4th June 2023 – Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya) 18th June 2023 – Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) 2nd July 2023 – Austrian Grand Prix (Red Bull Ring) 9th July 2023 – British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 23rd July 2023 – Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest) 30th July 2023 – Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps) 27th August 2023 – Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort) 3rd September 2023 – Italian Grand Prix (Monza) 17th September 2023 – Singapore Grand Prix (Marina Bay) 24th September 2023 – Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka) 8th October 2023 – Qatar Grand Prix (Losail) 22nd October 2023 – United States Grand Prix (Circuit of the Americas) 29th October 2023 – Mexico City Grand Prix (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez) 5th November 2023 – Sao Paolo Grand Prix (Interlagos) 18th November 2023 – Las Vegas Grand Prix (Las Vegas) 26th November 2023 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)

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