F1 pre-season testing: UK start time, TV channel, live stream info from Bahrain ahead of F1 opening race

AFTER a short refuelling break over winter, Formula One is back.

A gruelling 2021 season lies ahead – the longest ever in F1 history – with the cars and drivers in Bahrain this week for all-important pre-season testing.

When is F1 pre-season testing?

  • Testing will take place over three days, starting on Friday, March 12.
  • The first session will run from 7am GMT until 11am, before an afternoon run between 12pm-4pm.
  • Bahrain hosts the event and will also be the venue for the opening race of the 2021 season on March 26-28.
  • World champion Lewis Hamilton will get to drive the new Mercedes W12 for the first time.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

You can catch every moment of the weekend's action live on Sky Sports F1.

Coverage on Friday will start at 6.50am GMT.

If you're a Sky customer, grab the Sky Go app to stream on the move.

Non-Sky subscribers can purchase a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to watch on their mobile, Smart TV, tablet, PC or games console.

You can also follow all the action right here with our SunSport live blog from 7am.

F1 2021 schedule

  • March 26-28: Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)
  • April 16-18: Emilie-Romagna Grand Prix (Imola)
  • 30 April to 2 May: Portimão Grand Prix (Portugal)
  • May 7-9: Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona)
  • May 21-23: Monaco Grand Prix (Monaco)
  • June 4-6: Azerbaidjan Grand Prix (Baku)
  • June 11-13: Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
  • June 25-27: French Grand Prix (Castellet)
  • July 2-4: Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg)
  • July 16-18: British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
  • 30 July to 1 August: Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)
  • August 27-29: Belgium Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps)
  • September 3-5: Dutch Grand Prix (Zandvoort0
  • September 10-12: Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
  • September 24-26: Russian Grand Prix (Sotchi)
  • October 1-3: Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore)
  • October 8-10: Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)
  • October 22-24: American Grand Pric (Austin)
  • October 29-31: Mexican Grand Prix (Mexico)
  • November 5-7: Brazilian Grand Prix (Interlagos)
  • November 19-21: Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
  • December 3-5: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix (Djeddah)
  • December 10-12: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)

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