F1 Pre Season Testing 2018

Event details

  • Tuesday | February 27, 2018 to Friday | March 9, 2018
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Camino Mas Moreneta, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain
  • +34 935 71 97 00

Winter Testing for the 2017 proved very popular due to changes to tyres and aerodynamics making a big change to the 2016 cars.

The 2018 F1 Season is expected at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for 8 days across 2 weeks in late February and early March. Dates are yet to be confirmed.

Testing in 2017 was held over two sessions..
Session 1 – 27th February to 2nd March 2017
Session 2 – 7th to 10th March 2017

F1 Winter Testing 2018 Tickets

General Admission tickets for testing can be purchased online from a number of re-sellers. As soon as tickets are on sale we will provides links to the best offers.

F1 testing tickets for 2018 were very well priced at just €18.00 for standard general admission entry, while general admission with a guided tour are €50.00.

Tickets with tour include..

> Tour of briefing room, pre podium, podium, vídeo, paddock.
> Tour around the service road next to the tracks.

Access to the Main Grandstand, Grandstands F, G, H, and I, before and after the tour.
Circuit Access – Gate 3.
Departure from the Circuit Shop.

F1 Testing 2018 Hospitality Packages

Pit lane Hospitality is the perfect way to get up close and personal with Formula 1 at a fraction of the cost to VIP race day package. The excellent facilities at the Circuit de Catalunya allow you to sit above the pit garages along the main start/finish straight.

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F1 Test Day Hospitality Package includes..
– Access to Pit Lane Hospitality suite
– Reserved Car Parking in center of circuit
– Lunchtime Pit Lane Walkabout (TBC)
– Paddock Tour – a conducted tour of the F1 Paddock
– Conducted minibus tour of Circuit using inner service road
– Continental Breakfast, Buffet Luncheon and afternoon Pastries
– Coffee and refreshments all day
– Open Bar with local wines , beers and soft drinks
– CCTV and timing monitors

There are a number of companies running Hospitality packages for testing. Prices start from approximately £200 per person per day. If this is of interest please send us an email and we’ll help find the best package for your trip.

Additional arrangement for travel and hotel bookings can be made on request.

Or how about enjoying some VIP treatment with one of the teams?

Red Bull Racing Hospitality Experience..

– Full Day Team Hospitality
– Arrival from 10:00 and depart at 17:00
– Access to the Red Bull Racing Team Hospitality area located within the Formula 1 Paddock.
– Complimentary refreshments served throughout the day
– Inclusive buffet lunch with hospitality service
– Formula 1 Paddock Access all day
– Viewing from selected grandstands around the track and rooftop buildings
– Guided Red Bull Racing Garage Tour and Pit Lane Viewing F1 explained sessions
– Driver signing sessions
– Pit Lane Walk opportunity Subject to circuit availability
– Team personnel available all day to answer any of your burning questions
– Red Bull Racing Team Gift Bag
– Parking at the circuit (if required)

Prices – TBC

Mercedes AMG Petronas

In 2017 Mercedes provided a limited number of places with the Mercedes team on the second week of testing. We will check if this is available for 2018..

Access to the Mercedes AMG Petronas paddock hospitality suite,
Full catering and refreshments
Photo opportunities with team drivers
Access to the team garage at scheduled times

Price – TBC

Sahara Force India

Force India have been providing Hospitality packages to their fans for a number of seasons.

F1 Paddock Access
3 Course lunch with beer and wine
Circuit tour
Behind the scenes garage tour
Garage and pit lane viewing access
Driver autograph opportunities
Sahara Force India gift bag
Dedicated host

Price – TBC

Click here to send a request if you’re interested in getting a behind the scene view of what goes on during testing.

F1 Testing Pictures

These are some of the shots we managed to get from past testing at Barcelona. As you can see Ferrari were keen to hide the car from prying eyes!

F1 car changes for 2018

We saw a number of changes for the 2017 season and with the appointment of Ross Brawn many changes are expected for 2018

Driver line-up up for F1 testing ..

Drivers are normally named in the week prior to racing. With only 1 car per team out the teams choose to either split alternative days for drivers. However in 2017 Mercedes, Renault, Williams and Force India split the drivers into morning and afternoon sessions.

Force India
Mercedes AMG
Red Bull
Toro Roso

Car launch dates..

2018 cars are expected to be launched in early 2017 ready for testing.

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  1. Reply
    Ian Williamson says

    I would like to get F1 Winter Testing details including Red Bull details.

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Ian, we currently speaking to a number of hospitality companies about F1 testing for 2017. As soon as we have some prices and availability we’ll update the site. I expect to have all the information, once the current season has completed.

      • Reply
        peter hill says

        details as and when please

        • Reply
          Simon Purnell says

          Hi Peter, Dates have been confirmed..
          WEEK 1 – 27th February to 2nd March 2017
          WEEK 2 – 7th to 10th March 2017
          There’s a fantastic VIP package above the pits for £250. Let me know if this of interest and I’ll send further information.

  2. Reply
    Irene says

    Good afternoon,
    Could you please confirm me the exact dates for both tests?
    Kind regards

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Irene, The dates are..

      WEEK 1 – 27th February to 2nd March 2017
      WEEK 2 – 7th to 10th March 2017

  3. Reply
    Ang Chi Song says

    Are there any Ferrari hospitality package available?

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Not that I know of. The only race team running hospitality packages are Red Bull Racing F1 Team with prices from £595 per person.

  4. Reply
    clive liddiard says

    Hi, does anyone know what drivers will be testing in february and on which days. i am over for first 3 days, and am thinking of getting the red bull hostpitality, but obviously would like to see current f1 drivers. thanks

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Clive, The drivers for testing or not normally announced until nearer the time. Let me know if you need any assistance with booking the Red Bull Hospitality. The price is now £550 including VAT. it was priced exclusive until recently. You should be OK with places for the first week although the 2nd is nearly sold out and second week is nearly sold out, so I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later if possible.

  5. Reply
    William says

    Why not do the trip yourself. Flights are easy enough, and stay in local hotels near to the circuit. Makes it far more fun and a whole lot more money left over for further trips.
    Get in touch if you want a few tips on travel etc.

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi William, Always interested in tips to help fellow F1 fans. What hotels do you recommend and any advice on travel to the circuit from central town?

      • Reply
        Chris says

        Granollers is nearest town and easy place to stay, also anywhere around Passeig de Garcia, Clot-Arago or Sants stations in Barcelona as handy for the train to Montmelo. Taxis run to circuit from Montmelo station on testing days, they put the rates up obviously, so cost about € 10. It’s not a bad walk pretty flat but about 25-30 mins. If not doing hospitality then main grandstand is open as well as various other grandstands. Hardly anyone there so superb photo opportunities all round track. Be aware some hospitality tickets have to be picked up from the accreditation centre outside the circuit which is probably about a 15 min walk from the main circuit entrance on far side from main grandstand. Circuit website selling cheapest, not necessarily the best, hospitality at €238 per day, which gives paddock tour, minibus trip round circuit, food, and also viewing access above the garages

  6. Reply
    Natalie Yeoh says

    Hello, I’m interested in the red bull hospitality packages for week 2 but it’s already sold out. Any chance, they might add additional vailability? Thanks – Natalie

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Natalie, sorry no availability at the moment. What about Force India package? If not the Piso box package is very good value.

  7. Reply
    Sebastian says

    It seems like all the tickets for the grand stand are sold out already. Are additional tickets for sale on the day of the tests?

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Sebastian, Have you tried the circuit https://proticketing.com/circuitcat/en_US/entradas/evento/7495

    • Reply
      Chris says

      Sebastian, i go every Year and the number of people watching from non hospitality are in the hundreds. You can turn up in the day and pay. There’s absolutely acres of room, you have run of the circuit. What has sold out are the guided tours of the paddock, podium, circuit inner road tour.

  8. Reply
    Brian says

    Hi there. Is there a driver schedule known for the second week of testing? (March 7 to 10)

    • Reply
      Simon Purnell says

      Hi Brian, Sorry for the delay, the page has been updated now.

      • Reply
        Brian says

        No worries Simon. Thanks all the same.

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