AFTER a short refuelling break over winter, Formula One is back.
A gruelling 2021 season lies ahead – the longest ever in F1 history – with the cars and drivers in Bahrain this week for all-important pre-season testing.
Lewis Hamilton is chasing another world title as he looks to follow-up a record-breaking 2020Credit: PA:Press Association
When is F1 pre-season testing?
- Testing will take place over three days, starting on Friday, March 12.
- The first session will run from 7am GMT until 11am, before an afternoon run between 12pm-4pm.
- Bahrain hosts the event and will also be the venue for the opening race of the 2021 season on March 26-28.
- World champion Lewis Hamilton will get to drive the new Mercedes W12 for the first time.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
You can catch every moment of the weekend’s action live on Sky Sports F1.
Coverage on Friday will start at 6.50am GMT.
If you’re a Sky customer, grab the Sky Go app to stream on the move.
Non-Sky subscribers can purchase a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to watch on their mobile, Smart TV, tablet, PC or games console.
You can also follow all the action right here with our SunSport live blog from 7am.
F1 2021 schedule
- March 26-28: Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)
- April 16-18: Emilie-Romagna Grand Prix (Imola)
- 30 April to 2 May: Portimão Grand Prix (Portugal)
- May 7-9: Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona)
- May 21-23: Monaco Grand Prix (Monaco)
- June 4-6: Azerbaidjan Grand Prix (Baku)
- June 11-13: Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
- June 25-27: French Grand Prix (Castellet)
- July 2-4: Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg)
- July 16-18: British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
- 30 July to 1 August: Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)
- August 27-29: Belgium Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps)
- September 3-5: Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort0
- September 10-12: Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
- September 24-26: Russian Grand Prix (Sotchi)
- October 1-3: Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore)
- October 8-10: Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
- October 22-24: American Grand Pric (Austin)
- October 29-31: Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico)
- November 5-7: Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos)
- November 19-21: Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
- December 3-5: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Djeddah)
- December 10-12: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)