Inside F1 2023 pre-season testing in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes aim to bounce back and new racers join grid

THE Formula One season gets the green light on Thursday as testing starts in Bahrain. Teams have three days of running around the 5.412 kilometre Bahrain International Circuit, which is home to the Bahrain Grand Prix. F1 teams have been spending months and many millions of pounds developing and building this year’s cars. Therefore, it is only when they reach the official test can they run their cars at full capacity. What testing is good for is showing who is reliable which, in fairness, should be all of the 10 teams given this year’s rules are stable. This week, expect to see the glory runs for midfield teams looking to impress potential sponsors. Similarly, the big teams could be ‘sandbagging’ – trying not to reveal their true car’s potential until it matters.

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