Why Testing Is Gonna Be Fun: F1 2021 Pre-Season

Why Testing Is Gonna Be Fun: F1 2021 Pre-Season


Yes, Formula 1 is back! In no time, it’ll be time for pre-season testing and in this Pits to PodiumInside Line F1 Podcast exclusive, Soumil and Kunal tell you exactly why it’s gonna be fun! /

Of course, you know the obvious – ten teams, three days and one circuit (Bahrain and not Barcelona, mind you!). But there’s more – it’s the new team-driver pairings, the debutants and the new liveried cars modified to fit the 2021 regulations. And then there’s Mclaren-Mercedes.

Finally, what about the performance parameters? Here’s what we suggest – through pre-season testing, track lap times between the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix and the F1 2021 pre-season test. We might get a few hints there (mainly, the lap time lost due to change in aero regulations).

By the time we conclude the first Grand Prix of F1 2021 (also in Bahrain), we will have a lot of comparative data to make fairly accurate assumptions about the difference in car performances for all teams between this year and the last.

Also, which team do you think will go for a ‘PR lap’? Write to us via our Facebook page.

(Season 2021, Episode, 10)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Soumil Aroraand Kunal Shah

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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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