F1 2019 pre-season testing to be held at Barcelona

Formula 1 pre-season testing will again be exclusively held at Spanish Grand Prix venue Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2019.

The track, located to the north of Barcelona, has held all pre-season testing since 2016, when the number of days was reduced from 12 across three tests to eight across two gatherings.

Teams had been weighing up a move either to Bahrain or to southern Spanish venue Jerez, after much of this year’s first test was compromised by unseasonably cold and wintry weather.

But on Thursday the circuit confirmed that it will host all eight days, with the two tests to take place a week earlier than in 2018.

The tests will run from February 18 to 21 and from February 26 to March 1.

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the first of 21 scheduled events, will take place from March 15 to 17.