By Adam Tate, Managing Editor
With regulations regarding testing growing ever tighter, F1 will feature just two in season tests in 2016.
The first will take place at Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix on May 17th and 18th.
The second test will take place at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix and will be run on July 12th and 13th.
As per the regulations, two of these four days must be dedicated to a young drivers test, meaning that the other two days will be of immense importance as the teams will be eager to make as many gains on track before the mandatory summer break later in July.
There will be additional tire tests for Pirelli to help develop the 2017 compounds, but will have little relevance to the 2016 cars and their dates have not yet been announced.
With the first unveilings of the 2016 contenders just weeks away, we won’t have much longer to wait to see them on track. The first pre-season test at Catalunya will be February 22nd through the 25th with the second test following on March 1st.
Final preparations to the cars are frantically being applied at the factories and teams have already begun packing freight for the Australian Grand Prix. F1 2016 is nearly upon us.