LIVE: 2023 F1 Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain

Day 1 of F1 2023 pre-season testing takes place in Bahrain with Thursday's morning session

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Hello everyone and welcome to this Total-Motorsport live blog for the 2023 F1 pre-season test from Bahrain. We have a long day ahead of us at all 10 Formula 1 teams take to the Bahrain International Circuit to put the F1 2023 machines to the test. 

F1 Testing 2023 – Live updates

While it is notoriously difficult to come to any conclusions in F1 testing given we are unaware of fuel modes, engine modes, weight of the car and time of day the laps take place, we can get a very rough idea of where each team stands. 

Where is F1 2023 testing?

The 2023 F1 pre-season test will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit, which has hosted testing since the start of 2021.

A high-speed track where drivers spend over 70% of the lap at full-throttle there’s still the twisty second sector to balance the challenge.

When is F1 2023 testing?

Testing begins on Thursday 23 February, at 7:00 UK time, 10:00 local time. There’s two four-hour sessions per day, 7:00-11:00 and 12:00-16:30, UK time.

The sun sets at around 17:30 local time – Bahrain is three hours ahead of the UK – so teams will get around 90 minutes of night-time running that will best simulate conditions for the 2023 Bahrain GP.

F1 Testing 2023 Thursday Driver Line-ups

TeamDriver (AM)Driver (PM)
Red BullMax VerstappenMax Verstappen
FerrariCarlos SainzCharles Leclerc
MercedesGeorge RussellLewis Hamilton
AlpinePierre GaslyEsteban Ocon
McLarenOscar PiastriLando Norris
Alfa RomeoZhou GuanyuValtteri Bottas
Aston MartinFelipe DrugovichFernando Alonso
HaasNico HulkenbergKevin Magnussen
AlphaTauriYuki TsunodaNyck de Vries
WilliamsAlex AlbonLogan Sargeant
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Joe Ellis is a motorsport journalist with experience working in BTCC. He is the resident IndyCar correspondent for Total-Motorsport.com and a top class F1 writer.
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