Up to nine of the grid’s twelve teams are reportedly going to stick with the originally-scheduled dates for Barcelona’s final pre-season test session before the Formula 1 season makes its belated start in Australia at the end of March.
We had recently reported that the fourth and final test session at the Circuit de Catalunya – hastily set up to replace the cancelled Bahrain test session – had been moved to a 9-12 March date period from its original 8-11 March diary booking.
To-date, just Ferrari, Williams and Mercedes GP have confirmed they will run on the adjusted schedule, while Sauber and Force India have confirmed they will stick to the original schedule.
The conflicting announcements effectively mean that the final pre-season test looks set to become a five-day event, although each of the teams is restricted to a four-day programme.
“Teams can alter their testing days by one day but given the quick turnaround for freight departing for Australia immediately after the test we felt these days suited us better,” a spokesperson for Force India confirmed.
The remaining seven teams are yet to formally announce details of their participation at the final test session.
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