F1 in-season testing hosts confirmed for 2016

by Gemma Bray

Formula 1 in-season testing in 2016 is set to take place in Spain and Great Britain, with Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya and Northampton’s Silverstone both set to host two-day tests.

It will follow the Spanish Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix on the Tuesday and Wednesday, and according to the 2016 F1 sporting regulations, in-season tests must take place at circuits where a Grand Prix has just been held and start no less than 36 hours later.

The regulations allow two team tests of no more than two consecutive days duration, while each team must allocate at least two of the four days for young driver testing. Last year, Barcelona and Austria played hosted to the in-season testing; Silverstone last hosted testing in 2014.

“Our Head of Events is currently in discussion with Formula 1 and the teams to finalise details of the test in the week immediately following the British Grand Prix,” said Katie Tyler, Head of Marketing and Communications at Silverstone, to Motorsport.com. “It is our intention to open this to the public but, again, this would be subject to approval by F1.”

The in-season testing will be an addition to the two pre-season tests taking place in Barcelona in February and March, while a number of days dedicated to tyre testing that will allow Pirelli to test rubber for the planned 2017 rule revamp have yet to be confirmed.

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