F1 » Willis: Complete testing ban wrong for F1

Geoff Willis hits out at the in-season testing ban in place in F1

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July 01, 2010 10:48 AM

Agreed. It also puts new teams in a disadvantage in terms of development and improving their cars especially without thorough driver input. The Windmill testing and data from races may not be sufficient.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

July 01, 2010 11:17 AM

@ testical - Correct! Not sure about a whole season of testing but the new teams should be allowed to test until June (first 5/6 races)
Also, they should let all teams who want to test on the Monday after the race - pretty much everything they need is already on site so why not.


July 01, 2010 11:25 AM

Yeah i like the idea of testing on monday. it will be cheap as all equipment and staff are there and, all the costs will be is hiring the track and running the car. Motogp at selected races such as jerez and brno do a test on the monday.

Testing needs to be increased to not only prove performance enhancements also to ensure updates are safe. In addition more testing would benefit the next generation of drivers and in theory improve the breed.
Other than street based circuits, teams could test on the Monday following the GP at a lower cost than setting up stand alone tests.

Bjorn - Unregistered

July 01, 2010 11:28 AM

Testing on a Monday seems like a no brainer really.
Or they could have Test days during the year. All teams at the same track, make it so fans can come and see the cars and meet the drivers for autograph's and photo's. Not much chance at the race's unless you are wealthy or a so called "Star"

Calvin _

July 01, 2010 11:56 AM
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The ban was a stupid MM idea in the first place. What happens is that teams will use Friday to test when they should be setting up their cars, and generally degrade the whole race weekend. New teams haven't a hope of getting anywhere near the mid field without testing.

Why not do what MotoGP do and have some testing days after certain race weekends. Probably not where there's only a week between races as transportation then becomes an issue.

Also, new teams should not be allowed to race unless they have completed a set amount of testing. Until that time they are dangerous because even they don't know what's going to happen with their car.

Actually, it's common sense. None at FIA

Neil Sheffield

July 01, 2010 1:47 PM

I know the costs involved are very high, but why not Thursday, or Monday testing, at race weekends. Only the test drivers are allowed to test, so that the proper drivers dont lose a day, on the Friday trying out new parts on the car. Maybe Lord Little can assist, by giving a little petty cash, to help cover this..

Taz - Unregistered

July 01, 2010 2:33 PM


testing in MotoGp is pretty restrictive too and is not helping the show, totally agree the newbies need far more testing, too many existing teams looking after their own interests instead of the interest of the sport and spectacle.

Calvin _

July 01, 2010 2:44 PM

Taz, yeah, MotoGP took a leaf out of F1's book and cut testing, although I don't think they banned it. I think that there are still pre season tests and some mid season test days, just not as many as before. The testing ban artificially gave Brawn their titles last year, and who in the FIA decided that it would be a good idea after they changed the regulations so much, must be so out of touch.

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