BIC will host official pre-season testing over three days for the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The tests are part of the series’ preparations for the start of the 2018 season.

They are scheduled to be held from March 21 to 23, all day, at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” in Sakhir.

The Bahrain sessions are the second official pre-season tests of Formula 2. The first was in Le Castellet, France at Circuit Paul Ricard earlier this month.

All 10 Formula 2 teams are scheduled to be taking part in Bahrain. Testing will be done in the brand new Formula 2 2018 chassis. Earlier, an initial shakedown took place at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, also in France.

The new Formula 2 season will be flagging off in the kingdom, in support of the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix from April 6 to 8.

There will be 20 cars on the grid representing 10 teams, including ART Grand Prix, Russian Time, Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing, DAMS, MP Motorsport, Trident, BWT Arden, Campos Vexatec Racing, Carlin and Charouz Racing System.

Last year’s drivers’ champion, Monegasque Charles Leclerc, has since joined Formula 1 team Sauber. Having won with Prema Racing, he continues the tradition of successful Formula 2 drivers moving up to the top of the motorsport ladder. Prema Racing are now known as Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing.

Last year’s teams’ champions, Russian Time, also return, this time with the 2017 drivers’ runner-up Artem Markelov occupying the no. 1 car.

Of the 10 teams, two are new for 2018. They are Carlin from the UK and Czech outfit Charouz Racing System.

Following Bahrain, the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar includes rounds in Azerbaijan, Spain, Monaco, France, Austria, Great Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Russia and the UAE.

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