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It’s that point of 12 months once more. The 2024 Formula One season is almost upon us however not earlier than now we have received the enterprise of the primary (and solely) pre-season check out of the way in which. Not too way back there could be a number of pre-season assessments with groups given loads of time and people all-important laps earlier than getting themselves to the primary race of the season.

Things have modified and, in equity, I’m not certain that three or 4 days is absolutely far more than what is required with the laws largely a carry-over from 2023. With the just about bullet-proof reliability of the trendy F1 machines that is often a superb alternative for the drivers to rack up the laps. It’s not unusual for 130, 140 and even 150 laps to be completed in a day.

Mileage shall be what the groups shall be aiming for in Bahrain over the subsequent few days, and never headline lap instances. The much less stated about final 12 months’s season the higher however there are a minimum of a couple of storylines on and off observe that ought to make the run-up to subsequent weekend a little bit extra fascinating.

With all 10 vehicles revealed we’ll quickly see these designs put to the check. Mercedes have radically overhauled their automotive, the W15 being a visual departure from what got here earlier than in 2022 and 2023. Will it put them any nearer to Red Bull? The workforce which have received 5 of the final six titles (drivers and constructors) have gone with one thing that’s greater than a easy evolution of the RB19, which triumphed in 21 of twenty-two races final season. The fear is that it places them and Max Verstappen even additional forward.

The larger tales at these two groups come off-track, although. Firstly, this shall be Lewis Hamilton’s final season at Mercedes earlier than shifting to Ferrari in 2025. It was a transfer that got here out of the blue and can finish essentially the most profitable partnership in F1 historical past. How do Hamilton and Mercedes deal with this all year long? Will he be regularly frozen out of engineering briefings? If the automotive isn’t as much as scratch will he be roughly vocal in his criticism. And how will his new workforce get alongside in a automotive that doesn’t look as radical a departure?

At Red Bull the main focus shall be once more on workforce principal Christian Horner, who faces allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ however who shall be in Bahrain because the workforce’s principal, as he has of their twenty years in F1. The final result of Red Bull’s investigation is but to be resolved however it’s arduous to think about the workforce with out him on the head of it.

Anyway, the motion kicks off at 7am GMT and we shall be right here for the entire updates from day one of many first pre-season F1 check day of the 2024 season. By the tip of day three we’re unlikely to know a transparent pecking order however we may have some concept who issues are trying up for and vice versa.