F1 » Whitmarsh: Test rule isn't ambiguous

McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh has said that he intends to clarify F1's testing rules following the furore surrounding Ferrari's Fiorano 'filming' day.

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Frankly, of all the rule changes made by the FIA under Mosley, this was the silliest. Frankly if you can't afford to test your car, you surely can't afford to race it! Lack of track time is one of the major problems with the new teams. At present, F1 has to do its testing on the track, so we can hardly be surprised at the slower teams running glorified tests on raceday. Not only can this prove embarrassing to F1, but some time, somebody's mods will prove not only ineffective but dangerous. And instead of learning this alone in a private test the potential exists for it all to go belly-up in traffic with potentially dangerous consequences. What other sport bans training!? Insane......


June 27, 2010 10:25 AM

@Theflyingpig, "what other sport bans training" Well said! It seems easy enough to come up with a set schedule for testing. Instead of the FIA hurting the teams with these kind of bans which is what the 107% rule "could" have done at the beginning of the season not now though, why not put together a schedule and a track that they(start ups) can use at a reasonable cost to the team. And for the Ferraris, Mclarens Etc....just a time limit as well as schedule for the track of their choice. Simple and smart for the reasons you have stated.

Calvin _

June 27, 2010 10:48 AM

A flagrant breach of the rules. A filming day should not be used to test new parts. If you want to film, you should film the car from the last race, no new parts. But then, what do you expect from Ferrari? I really thought that they were playing the game. Guess I was wrong.

Dice - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 10:48 AM

Imagine investing in your very own test track, & then being told you're not allowed to use it because some no-hopers can't afford to go testing in a car park.

Must be difficult to justify that expense to your board while trying to explain how you're trying to increase development to catch the winning cars.

Timmy - Unregistered

June 27, 2010 11:17 AM

If there's no ambiguity then where's the ambiguity that needs to be removed? Learn logic before you open your slimy mouth.

As usual you come out with this moral standing BS. You're a team principle for god sake, if you wouldn't exploit any loophole you found then you are not cut out for the top tier of racing. The sooner Ron realises this and sacks you the better.

Come on Whitmarsh don't be a d!ckhead. Take the opportunity to have a few laps testing your own updates until the rule is changed!

I hate this guy.



June 27, 2010 11:58 AM

the ferrari does not appear to have been "tested". it had to run special ultra hard tyres (per promotional rules), and was only doing low speeds due to a camera car having to keep up. further, there were at least six cameras strapped to the car. ok, they may have gotten a minute bit of info, but so what? mclaren and other teams have availed of such opportunities in the past, or do we really believe that NO info is gained during their particular outings?

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