F1 Testing Live Stream, TV Details & Preview Formula 1 2021
In 2020, when pre-season testing took place at Barcelona with two separate three-day stints a week apart in the second half of February
It did offer a fairly accurate guide to what Ferrari would ultimately experience during the season.
Namely, that Charles Leclerc would be significantly quicker than Sebastian Vettel.
The four-time former World Champion ended testing almost half a second down on his team-mate
And a couple of months later he was told he would be released by the team at the end of the year.
Leclerc P4 and Vettel P9 were the placings at the end of testing, and that was not too far removed from what would eventually play out in a stronger type of qualifying session for Ferrari last year.
For sure, Leclerc would be delighted to finish P4 again in Bahrain when testing is over. And if that was the case
And his new team-mate Carlos Sainz was within a couple of tenths or so, the Scuderia would be ecstatic.
F1 testing 2021: TV channel & live stream
Pay TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire weekend of testing on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel for viewers in the UK, Germany and Italy, while streaming service DAZN provides live coverage in Spain and Japan.
UK – Sky F1
US – F1TV Pro
Italy – Sky F1
Germany – Sky F1
France – F1TV Pro
Spain – DAZN
Netherlands – F1TV Pro
Brazil – F1TV Pro
PlanetF1 will, of course, carry live commentary on all three days as well as galleries, reports and news from all the latest paddock interviews and press conferences.
McLaren finished P3 in the Constructors’ World Championship last year, but even they were not really sure they had the third best car.
However, with a Mercedes engine this time around replacing the Renault, there can be no excuse for not finishing ‘best of the rest’.
There should not really be any weak links for McLaren. They have gone about their team rebuild since the Honda-powered dark days of 2015-17 by getting the right structure and people in place
And Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo form a strong driver line-up.
Initial signs with the Mercedes power unit appear promising, although team principal Andreas Seidl knows some teething problems in Bahrain are possible.
“Obviously, we are aware of the challenge we are in at the moment, especially given the limited testing that takes place in Formula 1 and the lateness of the official test,” said Seidl. “But I am confident we will be ready. I feel prepared.”
So what are we looking for in testing from McLaren? Well, engine reliability, first and foremost.
But now, pace will be interesting too, if Ricciardo and Norris could get themselves right on Red Bull’s tails, especially Verstappen, that would be exciting.