FOTA is considering a plan to move the extra Barcelona test from March 8-11 to March 10-13, and is canvassing the teams today.
The original date emerged yesterday, after it became clear that Bahrain wasn’t going ahead. The new date would exactly mirror that of the Bahrain GP weekend, and ending on a Saturday/Sunday, would guarantee the track a bumper crowd.
Either way the teams will travel back to their home bases in order to prepare the cars for shipping to Melbourne. It seems that some teams would prefer to have two extra days of ‘factory time’ for R&D and production of new parts before the test, rather than after it.
If the date does change it leaves a 16-day gap between the two Barcelona tests, although teams do have some leeway to do straightline running – a logical move given that the Idiada test track is right outside Barcelona – or if they haven’t already used their allocation, some filming work.