F1 2022: Bahrain Testing Session Times and Driver Line-ups

Here's everything you need to know, including where and when the second 2022 Formula 1 test is, plus the driver line-ups for each of the three days


The second Formula 1 pre-season test in Bahrain will provide a good indicator about the competitiveness of the 2022 season and which teams will be fighting for the title.

The Bahrain International Circuit has the honour of hosting the official pre-season test, after the so-called “Shakedown” at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in February.

Mercedes finished the first test on top as Lewis Hamilton led George Russell on the final day in Barcelona, but that didn’t show the full story because Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren also looked strong.

Some of the top teams are expected to bring big developments, including B-spec cars, to Sakhir which could have a significant effect on the pecking order.

Where is the official 2022 F1 pre-season test?

The Bahrain International Circuit will host the final three days of testing which are set to be held in dry conditions, giving the teams the perfect opportunity to rack up the kilometres on their 2022 cars.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 24, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

Straight line speed is key at Sakhir and it’s a very forgiving circuit due to its lack of gravel traps, so the drivers don’t have to worry about going over the limit.

When is the 2022 F1 Bahrain test?

The second pre-season test will take place from March 10 (Thursday) to March 12 (Saturday), with eight hours of running each day.

Each test day will begin at 07:00 GMT, with a one hour lunch break at 11:00 GMT, before the afternoon session gets underway at 12:00 GMT until 16:00 GMT.

It means the final hours of each test day will be held at dusk, so the floodlights will be switched on as the temperature cools down.

Session times for 2022 Bahrain test

DateSessionUK Time (GMT)US Time (EDT)
March 10Morning7:00-11:002:00-6:00
March 10Afternoon12:00-16:007:00-11:00
March 11Morning7:00-11:002:00-6:00
March 11Afternoon12:00-16:007:00-11:00
March 12Morning7:00-11:002:00-6:00
March 12Afternoon12:00-16:007:00-11:00

F1 2022 Bahrain test driver line-up

Teams are allowed just one car during testing, so the drivers will share the driving duties during the test.

Some teams have decided to have one driver in the car all day, whilst other teams have opted to split the running between both drivers each day.

Most notably, the returning Kevin Magnussen will get his first taste of a 2022 F1 car on Friday afternoon, as he replaces Nikita Mazepin who was dropped by Haas amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The article will be updated when more teams confirm their driver line-up.

TeamThursday March 10Friday March 11Saturday March 12
MercedesHamilton (AM)/Russell (PM)Russell (AM)/Hamilton (PM)Hamilton (AM)/Russell (PM)
Red BullPerezVerstappenPerez (AM)/Verstappen (PM)
FerrariLeclerc (AM)/Sainz (PM)Leclerc (AM)/Sainz (PM)Sainz (AM)/Leclerc (PM)
AlpineOcon (AM)/Alonso (PM)OconAlonso
AlphaTauriGaslyTsunodaGasly (AM)/Tsunoda (PM)
Aston MartinVettel (AM)/Stroll (PM)Vettel (AM)/Stroll (PM)Stroll (AM)/ Vettel (PM)
WilliamsAlbonLatifiLatifi (AM)/Albon (PM)
Alfa RomeoZhou (AM)/Bottas (PM)Bottas (AM)/Zhou (PM)Zhou (AM)/Bottas (PM)
HaasFittipaldiSchumacher (AM)/Magnussen (PM)Magnussen (AM)/Schumacher (PM)

Will the F1 2022 Bahrain test be televised?

Unlike the first test, there will be live coverage of testing from Bahrain on Sky Sports F1 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and F1 TV in various countries across the world.

The Sky and FOM teams will come together to commentate on the test, so you will hear the voices of David Croft, Martin Brundle, Jolyon Palmer, Alex Jacques and Will Buxton.

We will have plenty of analysis from the test each day, right here on Total-Motorsport.com, so you can get an idea of which teams will be at the front and back of the pack, when F1 in 2022 finally begins on March 20.

Nigel Chiu
Nigel Chiuhttps://total-motorsport.com/author/nigel-chiu/
Nigel Chiu is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who worked at Total-Motorsport for 18 months until May 2023. He has been following F1 since 2007 and hasn’t missed a Grand Prix weekend since. Nigel’s worked with several motorsport websites, plus Eurosport and subsequently went on to work with Sky Sports F1 where he travels to multiple F1 races each season.
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