Bahrain International Circuit has confirmed that the second pre-season Formula 1 test will be open to spectators.
The first pre-season test is scheduled to take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on the 23-25 February.
This will be the first official look at all ten 2022 F1 cars, which will hit the track together for the first time. Some teams plan to film their filming events prior to the test.
However, due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, which has seen a surge of cases across Europe and the United States due to the more transmissible omicron version, the Spanish test will be held behind closed doors.
Bahrain has confirmed that spectators will be allowed entry to the second three-day test event, which will take place on March 10-12. Details will be revealed in due time.
In spite of test events rarely drawing large crowds, they have historically been one of the most affordable and easy ways for fans to view F1 cars in action up close outside of race weekends where tickets can cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
Given F1’s recent surge in popularity following a spectacular 2021 season, as well as the huge car upgrades coming this year, testing this year may be more popular than usual.