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I know it's damn early to create this thread but the dates have been announced for the tests at the Catalunya track. I may forget later but am damn excited for 2019 season already! Will keep updating the thread as & when more information regarding the lineup etc. is announced.

First Test - 18 February to 21 February
Second Test - 26 February to 1 March

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Incase anyone's interested, tickets are available for test days:


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They really should go somewhere warmer for pre season testing in my opinion, they almost needed snow tires in the pre season test at the start of this year, they say it's too expensive though. When they are spending loads of money anyway, what's a little bit more, they should either just share the cost or get the FIA or Liberty Media to pay for it.


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They really should go somewhere warmer for pre season testing in my opinion, they almost needed snow tires in the pre season test at the start of this year, they say it's too expensive though. When they are spending loads of money anyway, what's a little bit more, they should either just share the cost or get the FIA or Liberty Media to pay for it.


I feel like Abu Dhabi would be better, they'd make it a bit of an event in itself. Maybe that's a bit of a pipe dream but certainly testing at a chilly Barcelona seems like ot would have linited returns.


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I have just come across this article about the 2019 season and there is a section talking about pre season testing and it says that the FIA plan to broadcast the pre season tests but haven't said (or maybe haven't decided yet) how this will happen.

https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/21089


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owenmahamilton wrote:
I have just come across this article about the 2019 season and there is a section talking about pre season testing and it says that the FIA plan to broadcast the pre season tests but haven't said (or maybe haven't decided yet) how this will happen.

https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/21089

It's going to be broadcast on F1 TV. Aside from that, I don't know if any of the networks are picking it up.

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Exediron wrote:
owenmahamilton wrote:
I have just come across this article about the 2019 season and there is a section talking about pre season testing and it says that the FIA plan to broadcast the pre season tests but haven't said (or maybe haven't decided yet) how this will happen.

https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/21089

It's going to be broadcast on F1 TV. Aside from that, I don't know if any of the networks are picking it up.


Thanks for this, maybe it will be live on Youtube then.


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Sky Sports will be presenting live coverage of the afternoon sessions (1pm - 5pm) of the pre-season tests.
https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/29671/sky-sports-announce-pre-season-test-broadcast-plans.html

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UnlikeUday wrote:
Sky Sports will be presenting live coverage of the afternoon sessions (1pm - 5pm) of the pre-season tests.
https://www.gpblog.com/en/news/29671/sky-sports-announce-pre-season-test-broadcast-plans.html

That's good, so just 4 weeks and of we go again. :)

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I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2


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JN23 wrote:
I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

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I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

For the dedicated fans, yes. But the first test is where people see the new cars for the first time, and it's also 'the return of F1' for the new year. I suspect the appeal of the first test is indeed broader than the second. The second test is just refining cars and doing long runs - more useful for trying to figure out who's on top, but probably less interesting to your casual viewer than seeing which cars sputter to a halt out of the garage and which don't.

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Exediron wrote:
pokerman wrote:
JN23 wrote:
I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

For the dedicated fans, yes. But the first test is where people see the new cars for the first time, and it's also 'the return of F1' for the new year. I suspect the appeal of the first test is indeed broader than the second. The second test is just refining cars and doing long runs - more useful for trying to figure out who's on top, but probably less interesting to your casual viewer than seeing which cars sputter to a halt out of the garage and which don't.


Agree with Poker... surely the casual viewer wouldn't be that interested in pre-season testing anyway?


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JN23 wrote:
Exediron wrote:
pokerman wrote:
JN23 wrote:
I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

For the dedicated fans, yes. But the first test is where people see the new cars for the first time, and it's also 'the return of F1' for the new year. I suspect the appeal of the first test is indeed broader than the second. The second test is just refining cars and doing long runs - more useful for trying to figure out who's on top, but probably less interesting to your casual viewer than seeing which cars sputter to a halt out of the garage and which don't.


Agree with Poker... surely the casual viewer wouldn't be that interested in pre-season testing anyway?

Yeah I wonder if there is really much extra cost for Sky to show it anyway? The channel is there just running old stuff while the testing is going on and they already have people out there recording/interviewing because we get highlights each day anyway.

When you've got a dedicated F1 channel it seems like a no brainer to show it to me, why not? Viewing figures won't be high but they will be higher than when showing a half hour interview feature with Alonso for the 300th time.


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Exediron wrote:
pokerman wrote:
JN23 wrote:
I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

For the dedicated fans, yes. But the first test is where people see the new cars for the first time, and it's also 'the return of F1' for the new year. I suspect the appeal of the first test is indeed broader than the second. The second test is just refining cars and doing long runs - more useful for trying to figure out who's on top, but probably less interesting to your casual viewer than seeing which cars sputter to a halt out of the garage and which don't.

I agree there's more actual excitement in seeing the new cars on the track for the first time but like JN23 said are casual fans going to want to watch it, it's essentially quite boring to watch, you have to be a fanatic to watch it and appreciate it, and in that respect for us fanatics there is far more relevance in the second test.

In the first test there are lots of systems checks, maybe slow running with the sensors fitted to the car, likely to be also reliability issues, in the second test the cars are more ready to be run hard and the cars are doing more race simulations and qualifying simulations.

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Black_Flag_11 wrote:
JN23 wrote:
Exediron wrote:
pokerman wrote:
JN23 wrote:
I wonder if Sky have just not yet announced coverage details for the second test or are they not showing it - bit strange if they would show test 1 but not test 2

Yeah if anything you would think it would be the other way round with test 2 being more important than test 1?

For the dedicated fans, yes. But the first test is where people see the new cars for the first time, and it's also 'the return of F1' for the new year. I suspect the appeal of the first test is indeed broader than the second. The second test is just refining cars and doing long runs - more useful for trying to figure out who's on top, but probably less interesting to your casual viewer than seeing which cars sputter to a halt out of the garage and which don't.


Agree with Poker... surely the casual viewer wouldn't be that interested in pre-season testing anyway?

Yeah I wonder if there is really much extra cost for Sky to show it anyway? The channel is there just running old stuff while the testing is going on and they already have people out there recording/interviewing because we get highlights each day anyway.

When you've got a dedicated F1 channel it seems like a no brainer to show it to me, why not? Viewing figures won't be high but they will be higher than when showing a half hour interview feature with Alonso for the 300th time.

Yeah hopefully they will show both tests, maybe we would also get a lot analysis as they try to decipher the race simulations trying to work out the pecking order?

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