It’s been a long winter since the end of last season, but Formula 1 is finally back underway with pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will stage two four-day tests over the next couple of weeks, giving teams a first chance to run their 2019 cars in anger.

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Here’s all the information you need on how to follow and watch F1 pre-season testing live in 2019.

When is F1 pre-season testing taking place?

The opening F1 pre-season test begins on Monday February 18, running for four days until Thursday February 21.

Follow a few days off, testing resumes on Tuesday February 26, and concludes on Friday March 1.

Each day will feature eight hours of on-track running, going from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m to 6 p.m. local time (GMT + 1), with a one-hour break for lunch.

Session running times are subject to change throughout the day.

Where is F1 pre-season testing being held?

Both winter tests are being held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona. The track plays host to the Spanish Grand Prix each year.

Who’s taking part in F1 pre-season testing?

All 10 teams racing in F1 this year will feature in both tests in Barcelona with a mix of their race drivers and reserves. You can see the confirmed line-up for the second test by clicking here.

Where can I watch F1 pre-season testing?

For the first time, F1 will be broadcasting pre-season testing live through its live streaming platform, F1 TV.

F1 TV will show all eight hours of running through each day of the opening test, as well as a one-hour end-of-day round-up show. This will be viewable in regions with F1 TV Pro – which the UK currently does not have. More information about F1 TV is available here.

In the UK, Sky Sports F1 will be showing the afternoon session of each day of the first test, running from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. GMT. This will also be followed by a one-hour end-of-day wrap-up.  

At present, there is no planned coverage from either Sky Sports F1 or F1 TV of the second pre-season test, which begins on February 26.

How else can I follow testing?

Crash.net will be providing live text commentary from the paddock at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, keeping you up to date with the latest developments on- and off-track.

We will also be supplying hourly result updates, as well as reports at the end of each session, plus the latest news and analysis.

Make sure to visit back to Crash.net for the beginning of our live blog early on Monday morning, as well as following our F1 channels on Twitter and Facebook.

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