F1 testing 2023: Session times and how to watch pre-season in Bahrain today

F1 testing 2023: Session times and how to watch pre-season in Bahrain today

The 2023 Formula One season is just around the corner with testing underway in Bahrain.

With the car launches now done and dusted, fans are starting to anticipate a potential title fight between Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and potentially more, and they will soon be able to witness the runners and riders out on track.

Just a single pre-season test is scheduled in 2023, which Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll will miss due to a cycling injury, ahead of the first grand prix on the first weekend in March.

When is F1 testing?

F1 testing in 2023 began on Thursday, February 23 and continues across the Friday and Saturday.

On all three days, the track will open for running at 7am GMT and shut up shop at 4.30pm, with an hour’s break for lunch.

Where is F1 testing in 2023?

Unlike most recent years, Barcelona will not host the F1 pre-season test this year with the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir instead the destination for both testing and the first race of the campaign.

In pictures: Every new F1 car for 2023 season

In pictures: Every new F1 car for 2023 season: (Mercedes/Ferrari/Red Bull)
In pictures: Every new F1 car for 2023 season: (Mercedes/Ferrari/Red Bull)
Red Bull RB19: (AP)
Red Bull RB19: (AP)
Scuderia Ferrari SF-23: (PA)
Scuderia Ferrari SF-23: (PA)
Mercedes W14: (PA)
Mercedes W14: (PA)
Alpine’s two designs for the A523: (AFP via Getty Images)
Alpine’s two designs for the A523: (AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren MCL60: (McLAREN/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren MCL60: (McLAREN/AFP via Getty Images)
Aston Martin AMR23: (ASTON MARTIN/AFP via Getty Image)
Aston Martin AMR23: (ASTON MARTIN/AFP via Getty Image)
Williams FW45: (PA)
Williams FW45: (PA)
AlphaTauri AW23: (Getty Images for AlphaTauri)
AlphaTauri AW23: (Getty Images for AlphaTauri)
Alfa Romeo C43: (PA)
Alfa Romeo C43: (PA)
Haas VF-23: (Haas F1)
Haas VF-23: (Haas F1)

How to watch F1 testing

TV channel: In the UK, coverage of pre-season testing will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch F1 live via the Sky Go app.