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F1 2010 testing preview - A look ahead to the pre-season action in Spain

Published by Mr. C

2010 testing

With several F1 teams having launched their new cars, and a few more about to get their big unveiling, it's about time we saw some track action. This week, pre-season testing gets underway in Valencia and there are more dates scattered throughout the month.

Although testing can never be relied upon to give a good indication of who's fast and who isn't, we'll be studying each test to see if we can spot anything important. It wasn't lost on us that McLaren struggled last year, whilst Brawn's pre-season pace wasn't a mirage and lasted them the entire first half of the year.

Here on Sidepodcast, we intend to focus on testing in more detail than we ever have before, and in a similar fashion to last year's Young Driver Event. There will be a post for each day of testing, to note any major design developments, link to any tweets and pictures, and examine the times at the end of the day. I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to it!

Here, then, are the tests we're expecting pre-season, and you can see them in situ on the Sidepodcast Calendar.

1st - 3rd FebValencia
10th - 13th FebJerez
17th - 20th FebJerez
25th - 28th FebBarcelona

There will also be some US F1 testing, although we're not sure exactly when or where, and it's not clear how much information will be coming out of that either. We'll be keeping the calendar up to date, as soon as we know.

It looks as though the first test will be a somewhat muted affair, with many of the new teams, plus Red Bull preferring to sit out and wait for Jerez. We'll try and keep each post updated with who is there and who is in the car, and if you spot anything, then let us know in the comments.

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