Flights, trains, driving options and hotel availability... thousands of Formula 1 fans will be checking out the various websites in order to get to Barcelona for the first phase of the new season. For those unable to make it to Catalonia for testing, we bring you a quick guide to the key dates for your diary.
As well as the test circuits to get cars up and running ahead of the opening Grand Prix in Australia, much interest and excitement will be generated by the car manufacturers' latest models. Those presentations take place between 15 and 25 February. The big favourites to be challanging for this year's title will be Mercedes and Ferrari, Spanish fans will be keen to see the new cars of Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso.
Preseason testing in Barcelona
26 February - 1 March First round
6 - 9 March Second round
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15 February Williams
20 February Renault and Alfa Romeo Sauber
22 February Mercedes and Ferrari
23 February McLaren Renault
25 February Force India
F1 2018 opening Grand Prix
25 March Australian GP | Albert Park, Melbourne
Tickets to watch testing start at 18 euros per day, a price that has been frozen for two years at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. Entry is free to members and those who can present their ticket for the Spanish GP, while there is a VIP package at 250 euros which includes access to the Pit Box zone, and a selection of other exclusive benefits.