LIVE: 2023 F1 Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain

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


    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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