• Snow in Barcelona means day of testing lost
• Horner: ‘Anywhere would be better than sitting in the snow’
Formula One lost a day of testing here because of the cold weather that has engulfed Europe. With only eight practice days to shake down the cars and for drivers to acclimatise to their new rides before the first round in Australia on 25 March, it is time that will be sorely missed and has led to further calls for testing to be moved out of Europe, potentially to Bahrain, which last hosted it in 2014.
Running was limited on Tuesday because of the low temperatures and on Wednesday several inches of snow had carpeted the Circuit de Catalunya. By the afternoon it had been replaced by persistent rain which, combined with the track temperature barely reaching 5C, meant the teams opted not to go out on track for anything but brief sighting laps.