Yikes! Already another new season will be getting underway in under a month! The off-season just keeps getting shorter and shorter.
Testing dates before the 1st GP of the year are as follows:
2011 FORMULA 1 TEST CALENDAR
1 Feb Circuito Ricardo Tormo
2 Feb Circuito Ricardo Tormo
3 Feb Circuito Ricardo Tormo
10 Feb Circuito Permanente de Jerez
11 Feb Circuito Permanente de Jerez
12 Feb Circuito Permanente de Jerez
13 Feb Circuito Permanente de Jerez
18 Feb Circuit de Catalunya
19 Feb Circuit de Catalunya
20 Feb Circuit de Catalunya
21 Feb Circuit de Catalunya
3 Mar Bahrain International Circuit
4 Mar Bahrain International Circuit
5 Mar Bahrain International Circuit
6 Mar Bahrain International Circuit
Interesting that the FIA is allowing testing right up to the final week before the beginning of the 1st GP weekend. This probably had something to do with some of the "new" teams showing up last season completely unprepared to run a full distance race.
Also. As somewhat expected, Ferrari is moving around some personnel in their engineering staff. Which is also a bit of a surprise. The Scuderia Ferrari team of the 70's-early 90's would have just haphazardly fired anyone on the pit wall.
autosport.com - F1 News: Ferrari reshuffles engineering staff
...4 days of testing at Sakhir? Fucking fantastic, that will make the most boring race of the season slightly more interesting, will it not? Might even be as unpredictable as Catalunya now, since the teams will not have a clue how to get a great set up...
Did you see that the Ukraine have Tilke on retainer for a circuit?