F1 » Alonso wants more testing as F1 gets 'complicated'

Fernando Alonso has welcomed the addition of a 20th race for 2011, but wants to see the ban on testing relaxed to make things easier for the drivers as the sports gets ever more technically complex.

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Alan D - Unregistered

January 17, 2011 5:50 PM

It means that teams will increasingly use Friday for testing. The problem with that is that during the race meeting weekend they cannot go sticking extra bits on the car the way they do in pre-season testing, and they are not allowed to keep the rear-end of the car covered the way they do pre-season when testing new designs. Also, all testing in the race weekend has to use the tyres allotted to the weekend and the engines allotted for the season, so they cannot really thrash the cars and it risks compromising their qualifying and race performance.

CJD - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 12:09 AM

testing ban is stupid

maybe something like:

top 5 teams get 3 Mondays after a race
rest gets 4 Mondays after a race fore testing

so slow teams an third drivers get some practice


Paddles - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 2:10 AM

How about keeping it simple and allow all teams to test EVERY monday after the race, it's not going to add much cost when they're already at the track. Locking down designs and not allowing freedoms to replace parts during the season is where they should really be heading.


January 18, 2011 3:06 AM

Red Bull nearly or has broken the RRA and you want testing?? No telling what Red and McL spent. What makes a person so thick that they ask for testing on a limited/restricted budget? Limited personel? This is the new F1 Alonso. I thought you were smarter than that.

Paul Kirk - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 6:07 AM

Personally I think curse and the adjustable wing is BS, they (dunno who dreams up these silly ideas) don't seem to understand the problem, (difficulty in following a car closly through a corner). All they have to do is bring back some ground effects, and minimize the wing area so as to reduce the size of the turbulant air behind a car then a car can follow another car closly around a corner and get a slipstream up the straight, get beside him on the inside and he's got the corner! Seems simple, it was like it in the old days before they had wings!
(That's when we had proper racing!)

Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 10:37 AM

CJD, I don't think allowing more testing time to the smaller teams is going to help since they can't afford to go testing anyway. Even if the FIA is funding the circuit costs (which are considerable), all the staff you need there, the tyres you get through, the engine wear, etc, all add to their costs. Then there is the logistics problem. FOM provides a chartered freight plane to ship cars and part sto and from GPs. If they have an extra testing day then either it has to wait an extra day while the smaller teams test, or they have to pay their own transport costs. Also raises questions about the cost of shipping the parts out for testing. I think the idea of testing after a GP is appealing, but probably not as simple as it seems.

brendan - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 11:36 AM

rob i dont think he is the one being think

he is saying f1 needs more testing...no one with a brain can deny that. new drivers are being thrown on the heap far to early without a fair chance to prove themselves.

and as someone said if u stayed at the track for an extra day at one race in april, may, june, sept, and oct the important development periods its really not going to cost much more.

if red bull cant get by with 2 teams without spending too much money then thats their problem. they will get away with it anyway.

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