Daniel Ricciardo feels drivers will benefit from later testing in 2017.
Next year the final test will take place on February 27, less than a month before the first Grand Prix weekend in Australia.
But with next years cars set to be more physical to drive, Ricciardo thinks that the later testing dates will help drivers by giving them more time to train before the new season.
"In a way, it is quite nice that the testing is late," he told Fox Sports. "That gives us a good chance to physically get a bit more time for ourselves to train."
"That is one thing with such a long season, a lot of races during the year, you don’t get a lot of time to train physically as well as you would like," he added. "You get a day here a day there, you don’t really get like a week of proper training, very rarely. So I am actually excited to get a proper nearly two months of proper training outside of the car before we test.
"So that uninterrupted period will be quite nice. I am sure after the New Year, after I have had my fun partying and whatever I will be very ready to start again, so the second of January the switch will be turned back on."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing