FOR THOSE who don’t want to have to fight through huge crowds and pay large amounts of money to attend a race, the Formula 1 testing starts in Barcelona at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 22 for four days and then returns on March 1 for another four days.
Daily entrance costs between €5 and €10 which gives access to a number of seated areas in the grandstands and the testing will take place between 10am and 5pm with all of the major drivers and teams participating including the new team Haas.
The only negative perhaps is the fact that the circuit is a little difficult to get to but with advance planning it is possible to travel by train to the nearest station Montmelo and then either catch a taxi or undertake a fairly torturous 30 minute walk.
The season proper starts at the end of March in Australia and takes in 21 different circuits including Baku in Azerbaijan and thanks to new rules, cars are due to be even louder as they zoom around the circuit but whilst the noise level will be greater, there should be no negative affect on speed or handling.
The 2016 season promises to be exciting with old rivalries between teams and drivers once again grabbing the headlines.