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Your guide to attending 2022 F1 pre-season testing in Barcelona

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is expected to host the first three days of pre-season testing ahead the 2022 Formula 1 season. Here’s everything you need to know about attending and being the first to see the new generation of F1 cars on track.

  • All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended Winter Testing in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Please note that neither F1 nor the circuit have confirmed 2022 pre-season testing dates in Barcelona, and tickets are not yet on sale.
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Ahead of the introduction of new technical regulations in 2022, Formula 1 is expected to hold two 3-day test sessions in Barcelona (February 23-25) and Bahrain (March 11-13). The first race of the 2022 F1 season is also in Bahrain on March 18-20.

The first week of testing in Barcelona will not be broadcast live on TV, but journalists will be in attendance. We await confirmation on whether fans will be able to attend, and we are hopeful that General Admission attendance will be possible – though access to the F1 Paddock previously available appears to be highly unlikely given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where and when?

  • Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya near the town of Montmeló, 30km from downtown Barcelona and close to the Costa Brava
  • Wednesday February 23 to Friday February 25, 2022 (TBC)

Why attend winter testing in Barcelona?

First and foremost, you will be among the first in the world to see the new generation of F1 cars on track, which is really cool! Tickets are normally very cheap and you’ve got the circuit to yourself, with few other spectators in the grandstands.

Don’t forget! It’s called testing for a reason. Not all the new cars will be fast or reliable out of the box, not all the big-name drivers will be there every day and not much of the on-track action will be ‘on-the-limit’. However, it’s an excellent opportunity to get close to the cars, teams and drivers in a relaxed environment. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is also excellent for amateur F1 photographers!

What tickets are available?

Tickets are not yet on sale for 2022 F1 testing in Barcelona and we don’t yet know if fans will be able to attend. Prices below from 2020 are provided for comparison, though it seems likely that only some of the below tickets will be available in 2022 (e.g. General Admission and hospitality access):

  • General Admission = €23*
  • General admission + guided tour = €59. (You get to see the control room, podium, cool down room and media conference room, plus a bus tour around the inside of the circuit while the cars are on the track, which is pretty cool)
  • General admission + circuit experience  = €59 (This includes a pit lane walk during the lunch break plus access to the pit roof terrace + VIP grandstand)
  • General admission + guided tour + circuit experience = €69 (The above two packages combined)
  • General admission + Paddock Access = €109 (Recommended. In addition to all-day access to the F1 Paddock, these tickets also get you the pit lane walk at lunch time, plus pit roof and VIP grandstand access)
  • Hospitality access in the Piso Boxes above the pit = €266 (including food and open bar).

*It’s not normally necessary to buy General Admission tickets in advance as they are always available at the gate. In previous years, fans who have bought tickets for the Spanish Grand Prix from the circuit have also been able to access testing for free by showing their purchase receipt.

Where to stay & how to get to the track?

The teams and media generally book the best hotels close to the track, meaning you could have some interesting guests in the breakfast room if you stay near Montmeló. Further afield, the beautiful city of Barcelona is only 30km away and it’s not too difficult to take a train to the circuit (our advice on Getting Around at the Spanish Grand Prix is also valid for testing.)

In 2020, Sagales offered a bus service from Estació del Nord in Barcelona to the circuit on all testing days for €8 return. We don’t yet know if this service will be available in 2022.

Another option is to hire a car and stay in one of the coastal towns on the nearby Costa Brava such as Montgat or Lloret del Mar. They will be quiet at this time of year, but still pleasant. It’s best to fly into Ryanair’s hub at nearby Girona airport if you choose to stay on the Costa Brava and hire a car. There’s a good network of motorways in the region and traffic should be light if you avoid Barcelona; just don’t forget to take a GPS or have navigation available on your smartphone.

Need to Know

The below information relates to 2020 and is provided for information purposes. This will be updated if/when tickets go on sale for 2022:

  • Click here for circuit access maps
  • Gates open each day at 08:30. Enter via Gate 3 behind the main grandstand; all other gates are closed for entry, though you can leave by Gate 1 behind Grandstand G at the end of the day.
  • The cars will be on track from 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00 each day.
  • The following grandstands will be open: Main grandstand (top and bottom tiers), F Grandstand on first corner and  G Grandstand. Check the grandstand map.
  • Spain experiences a milder winter than much of Europe, but is not exactly warm in late February. Daytime temperatures in Barcelona average around 15 °C (60 °F) in February. Realistically though, you can expect anything from snow and rain to warm sunny weather, so be prepared.
  • Read our detailed travel guide to the Spanish Grand Prix for advice on traveling to Barcelona and getting the most out of your stay.

Been to Formula 1 testing in Barcelona? Leave a comment below with your tips!

95 thoughts on “Your guide to attending 2022 F1 pre-season testing in Barcelona”

    1. Yes, I believe that this will continue. Sorry about that! But there are bars just outside the gates where you can get real beer. You can leave and return for a pitstop!

    1. Hi Paolo, I am not sure that many food kiosks will be open, probably just a couple behind the main grandstand. Of course they are expensive as well. We will be taking our own food and drink!

    1. Yes, General Admission areas around the track should be open. The organizers also promise access to the following grandstands: Main Grandstand, F, G, H, and I.

      1. Excellent – Silverstone penned you into the Luffield area and the old main straight – which was a bit boring :(

  1. massimiliano forestiero

    Hi…It’s possibile to move between the varius grandstand? for example: move from grandstand H to main or principale grandstand without leaving the turnstiles?

    Thanks

    1. Hi! Yes, you can actually walk right around the track after you have entered. There is also a useful underpass from grandstand K (near turn 1) over to the inside of the track near turn 6.

  2. Such a handy guide. I’m there this week. I’ll be getting the train from Barcelona to Montmelo and then walking from there. Do you think Gate 6 will not be open, meaning I should therefore head to Gate 3 instead?

    1. Correct Phil. Gate 6 will not be open (it wasn’t last week). Head to Gate 3 behind the Main grandstand and you’ll be able to get in there.

  3. Great tips, Thanks.
    What would je your best chance to get a driver signature/ selfie. I’m currently on the track and will also be next 2 days.

    1. Hi Cris, it will be difficult if you just have a regular ticket without pits/paddock access. The drivers come into the circuit through a special gate at the top of the circuit – between gate 1 and gate 7 – so not much chance there either. But you never know who you may run into if you just walk around. Also follow the circuit and teams on social media, as they may run competitions or offer the chance to meet the drivers. Good luck!

  4. Hi Andrew, thanks for all the info and great tips! Do you know when the guided tours tickets for the 2018 preseason testing will be available? Want to get them as Xmas gift but can’t find them anywhere yet… would they normally be available from the Barcelona Circuit website or is there any other reliable website selling them?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Natalie, the Barcelona circuit website will be the best place to buy the guided tours during F1 testing. I don’t know when the tickets go on sale, but will notify everyone on social media when they do. Buy quickly as they do sell out!

  5. Hiya, i was here last year with red bull. Cost me a fortune but was soo worth it, I noticed last year they were selling ( what i think was)paddock passes but since I already had one i did not ask for pricing. do you have any idea what that would cost? Or were they probably only selling the guided tours?

    1. I don’t think they were selling Paddock Passes. There is a guided tour of the circuit and paddock that costs 50 EUR > this is still not yet on sale for 2018. Also these tours sell out quickly. Follow us on social media and we’ll let you know when they are available. I can’t wait to return to Barcelona for testing; I’ve booked flights for the whole second week!

  6. Hi, i’m french and i’ll come to barcelona to see the pre season test on February 26 and 27.
    I’d like to book a special experience for theses 2 days and i need your help.
    I’d like to book tickets for these 2 days and if available with access to the paddock and track.

    whats the best : a pesos box access for one day and a free ticket at 18€ for the second one ?
    Waiting for your advises

    best regards

    thibaud

    1. Hi Thibaud, the Pesos box is a great idea if you can afford it. Alternatively, I would buy the guided tour on one day for 50 EUR, which also includes general circuit access for that day. The tours are now on sale from the circuit and always sell out quickly.

      1. thanks for your help, thats the first time at the pre season test ! i’ld like to book a great experience.
        Do you know where is the nearest car parking ?

  7. do you know this “Piso box” experience ?
    with tickets at 50€, i don’t know if we have access to grandstands…do you know if there is some food truck of anything else around the circuit with a basic ticket ?

    best regards

    1. Hi Thibaud, I haven’t been in the Piso box myself, but it’s located above the pits, should be a great experience. There are a couple of places open to buy food and drink, but only behind main grandstand and up behind grandstand G. Personally, I will probably bring my own sandwich and just buy drinks.

  8. Really nice website and mini forum !
    Do you know If the grandstands F G H I will be open on february for the pre season test ?
    Is there a parking outside the circuit ? I’be bought 18€ tickets but I don’t know how to proceed with my car ?
    Thank you !

    1. Hi Laura,
      Parking is free, but I am not sure all the carparks are open. I parked in the parking next to the main entrance last year (behind Main grandstand). There was plenty of free spaces. As for grandstands, it will probably be the same as last year: grandstands F, G, H & I were open, plus the General Admission areas and the members area inside turn 1. See you there!

  9. Hello!
    Is there any schedule for 26-27?
    We can join only for one day, and wanted to choose what teams to see on track. If there is a chance you know that. Or it doesn’t matter, every day all the teams will be on track?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Igor, all teams should be on the track every day, unless they have technical problems! Closer to the day, check “Circuit Cat” on social media to find out which driver from each team is in action on each day.

  10. Hi,
    Just wondering what transportation options there are for the winter testing. Are there still buses that run from Barcelona to the track, or is that only for the Spanish Grand Prix? Thanks!

  11. hi…the 8 march i will come i barcelona to see the f1 test…but is it true that during the lunch break you can walk on the pitlane whit the general admission ticket? if you from where do you enter?
    thanks for the replay
    Massimiliano

    1. After you have entered the circuit (paid 18 EUR for general admission) you can purchase a “special pass who will give you access to the terrace on the top of the garages building, the VIP Grandstand, the pit-lane walkabout from 13 to 14h and a 10-minute go-kart session in the go-kart track at the Circuit (next to the paddock).” This costs 30 EUR extra and can be bought from the information point at the Merchandising Area (behind the Main Grandstand).

      1. thank you very much for your reply and I have another question … if I purchase the special pass, how do I get to the terrace above the top of the garages building and to the VIP VIP Grandstand from the entrance 3 the one behind the main grandstand?
        thanks for the replay
        Massimiliano

        1. I’m not 100% sure, but I think there is an underpass that goes below the circuit from near the back of the main grandstand. I’m sure they will tell you when you buy the tickets!

  12. I need to buy 11 tickets for Friday 9th, but the website only allows 5 at a time. Should I pre-buy the tickets? Or will it be OK to buy at the gate?

    1. There is free parking; I assume you can park a motorhome, but you cannot stay overnight. I don’t see why you couldn’t bring a dog in on a leash – but best to contact the circuit to ask.

  13. Hi if I purchase the tour for €50 can you confirm if this year you can buy the special pass which includes pit lane walk and also can you confirm if you can pay to access the paddock as it’s sold out ?

    1. Hi Ryan, the 50 EUR ticket with guided tour is different to the 50 EUR ticket with go-karts, pit lane walk and access to the pit roof. As for the Paddock tickets for 100 EUR, depends which day you want to go – they are not sold out for all days online. If they are showing as sold out online, I don’t think you’ll be able to buy it at the circuit. Sorry.

  14. Hi, Is the Hospitality Acces tickets (Montjuic Club) significantly better than Paddock access? The price is more than double so wondering if it’s worth it??

    1. It’s worth it only if you want food and drink all day. The views are not special, given Paddock tickets give you access to the Pit Roof and VIP Grandstand etc.

    1. The dates for 2020 F1 testing have not yet been announced and so tickets are not yet on sale. We will update this post when there is more info

  15. Hi! I am free only on 28 February, and hence just have a single day to visit the track to see pre-season testing.

    Between the ‘Circuit Experience + Guided Tour’ and the ‘Paddock Access’ ticket, which one would you recommend?

    The Paddock Access package appears to be all-inclusive minus the guided tour. And the guided tour includes tours of the control room, cool-down room, podium, etc. which I really don’t want to miss out on ideally. Ultimately, which option would you recommend?

    1. Hi Klaudia, the Montjuic Club gets you food and drinks throughout the day, and an indoor warm space to watch the track action above the pits. The Paddock tickets don’t include that, so they are cheaper.

  16. Hi, i would like to know if with the Montjuic club pass you can access to the paddock all day (ie can i get in and out whenever i want) or if it only offers a single paddock tour during the day. I understand from the circuit’s web site that the “paddock” ticket offers access to the paddock full day. So my choice on what type of tickets buy (paddock or montjuic club) depends heavily on it. If you could help me, i would be very pleased! Thank you!!

  17. We have booked tickets for 26th -28th February and will be arriving by campervan. Where can we pitch up for the duration? We will have motorbike transport to get to the circuit.

  18. Franciska Varga

    Hi! I read last year’s experiences about winter testing and I saw in a lot of comments that they had to go to the Accreditation Centre to collect their tickets and couldn’t do that at the Circuit Entrance. However when I puchased the tickets for this year I got an e-mail including the tickets which say ‘Remember to bring these tickets printed, in PDF or passbook, no collection service in the site.’ So the question is: if I bring the tickets printed from the e-mail, I don’t have to go the Accreditation Centre, right? (We bought 69€ tickets if that matters.) Sorry if the answer is obvious but I got confused from last year’s comments.:D

    1. I would go with the information on the tickets this year. Sounds like it has changed, which is a good thing! I believe there will be a kind of accreditation centre behind the Main Grandstand, near the tunnel to the Paddock

  19. I bought 2 Tribune K tickets for the Spanish F1 GP in May. On the tickets it says “Enjoy the Formula One Test days for Free”.

    Can I just turn up on any of the test days and get entrance to the circuit or do I have to order Test Day tickets before ? If so how do I order the tickets ?
    I assume the Free entrance to the Test Days will be just General Admission ?

    Thanks for your response.

    1. Hi Ralph, assuming you already have your Spanish Grand Prix tickets, you can just turn up with those and get General Admission entrance for free at testing (normally costs about 22 EUR per day).

  20. Hi Ralph,
    I’ve just bought 2 tickets which state Circuit Experience / Pit Walk on them for €59 each. It’s a bit confusing as it also says VIP access? Which parts of the Circuit does this give us access to. The same areas seem to be referred to differently on each website. 1st time visitors do all a bit clueless….
    Thanks

    1. Hi Grant, the circuit experience/VIP access means that you can go through the tunnel under the Main Grandstand over to the pit building. You cannot get into the Paddock itself, but you can see inside the Paddock from the first floor balcony that runs along the entire pit building. You can also go up to the roof (where the Paddock club is normally during Spanish GP) and see down to the pit lane – and the track of course. The other perk is that you can go and sit in the VIP grandstand – this is accessed via a bridge from the Paddock area, near the tunnel. Finally, you get to go on the pit lane walk during the lunch break. Andy

  21. Hi Just found your information on your website which I had not seen elsewhere – it is really helpful. Thinking about going with son for his 18th Birthday – sorry have some questions – is it worth going for two days? We were going for the Circuit Experience (other better tickets sold) on the first day and then normal entry on the second- do you know what the pit experience involves (sorry not that knowledgeable on F1 (as you can tell!!). Also is it worth going for two days? Any other tips for a memorable 18th would be great. Thanks.

    1. Hi Gillian, I think it’s worth going for two days. You never know what may happen with the weather – perhaps the cars won’t be running so much on one of the days. The circuit experience means that you can go through the tunnel under the Main Grandstand over to the pit building. You cannot get into the Paddock itself, but you can see inside the Paddock from the first floor balcony that runs along the entire pit building. You can also go up to the roof (where the Paddock club is normally during Spanish GP) and see down to the pit lane – and the track of course. You can also go and sit in the VIP grandstand – this is accessed via a bridge from the Paddock area, near the tunnel. Finally, you can go on the pit walk during the lunch break for 1 hour. Hope you have a great time with your son. Feel free to join our Facebook group if you have more questions (link is in this article)

  22. Hi, what areas can I access with general admissions ticket for Barcelona Tests in February? Any grandstands?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Tomas, read the post again! There are three grandstands open – the Main grandstand, G and F. You can also walk around the whole circuit, there are plenty of good views in General Admission. I like the inside of the first corner, for example.

  23. Hi, I have bought my tickets one month ago on the official F1 ticket store and I can only download the invoice but not the e-ticket. It says “Your tickets will be available for download 1-2 weeks before the event. For last minute orders please allow approx. 48 hours for the tickets to be generated.”

    Is it okay to just show the invoice ? In the worst case, can I buy tickets at the entrance ?

    Thank you

    1. Sounds like you need to contact customer service at the official F1 ticket store. I don’t think the invoice will be enough at the gate. Yes you can buy General Admission tickets at Gate 3 for 23 EUR

  24. Hi, do you know if the prices for this years Hospitality access will be changing this year or will they stay roughly the same ? Is there any word also of when tickets should be released ? Or do you know usually how far in advance they start selling ? Thanks in advance !

    1. It’s quite hard to say if hospitality tickets will be the same price for testing 2022 – hopefully yes. I don’t know when tickets will be released this year; in past years they have gone on sale before Christmas. As far as I’m aware, the dates/venue for 2022 testing have still not yet been confirmed. Whilst it seems likely based on news reports that the first test will happen in Barcelona on February 21-25, we still need to wait for more information.

    1. Hi Bec, we don’t yet have official confirmation on the testing dates, but should be 3 days from February 23-25 in Barcelona. Tickets are not on sale, but I think it will be possible for the public to attend. We just have to wait for more information.

  25. Hi Andrew
    Thanks for posting this years info. I was lucky to go back mar 1 2019. I used your recommendation staying in Barcelona and taking the train. Meet few other F1 fans on the train from all over the world. We even shared a taxi from train station to the track. The guy from USA paid for the taxi. Had many good photos got to meet few drivers, autograph from Lewis was a highlight. Wish one day to go back, but from Montreal Canada it is a long flight. Thanks again for helping out others. Craig

    1. Thanks for your comment Craig, maybe we met at testing in 2019. It’s a great experience for sure. Finger’s crossed for 2022. (By the way, I also went to the Canadian Grand Prix in 2019 and fell in love with the race and the city)

  26. Hi Andrew, has there been any news on whether they’ll allow fans to testing in Barcelona this year? Thanks!

  27. Hi Andrew
    At the end of the testing day I’m heading straight to the airport. Do you know if there are any size restrictions on bringing in bags or back packs? Or lockers to store bags ?

    1. Firstly, Phillip, I have to say that it’s looking increasing like that fans will NOT be able to attend testing in 2022. There is still no official decision, but lots of strong rumours that the testing will be closed event this year. If it does go ahead with fans, I would say the best option will be to try and store your bag at the train station in Montmelo. I’m not sure there is storage there, but definitely trying to enter testing with a large bag is not a good idea. I think there will be nowhere at the track to store it, and you may not be let in with a larger bag/suitcase. Remember that there are direct trains from Momtmelo station all the way to the BCN airport.

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