F1 » Todt calls for end to test ban; Ecclestone counters


FIA president Jean Todt has said that in-season F1 testing should be allowed, but Bernie Ecclestone believes that he and the Frenchman share the view that it should be to the benefit of young drivers.

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Baz82 - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 2:57 PM

i can understand why the testing ban was put down but i think it needs to be lifted becuase younger drivers come in and can get the miles needed to get used to the car before race weekend. last couple of years has been a good example of that. plus the smaller teams can get in the miles to improve the cars. HRT last year was a perfect example.

Suggestion - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 5:37 PM

They should allow new teams to test more than old teams.

For example, a new team can test let's say up to 5 times during the season in their first season, then up to 3 times in their second season. In their third year, they will considered to be an old team, which can only test 2 times during the season.

Something like that should be able to give new teams and rookie drives to catch it a bit faster.

Some of you may ask, what if a rookie driver landed in an old team. Well, that's a trade off, the rookie got a better car (usually) than a rookie in a new team with a new car.

bojan - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 9:01 PM

F1 is too obsessed with cutting costs. If teams can't afford to do it there are plenty of lower cost series to take part in. Testing would make the racing better by giving teams more chance to develop an problematic car to be able to compete better as the season goes on.

Rob01 - Unregistered

May 13, 2011 5:50 PM

How can FIA do this?????

Even if the testing proposal is rejected at the F1 Commission meeting scheduled for next month, Todt indicated in Turkey that he would push through the regulations for 2013 instead which will not need the approval of teams.

"I would have loved to have done it in 2011, but we could not impose it as there was no reason to impose it on safety grounds," said Todt.

So, it will be in 2012 if we get enough support. It is something that we are going to present at the next Formula 1 Commission which will be on the Thursday in Valencia, and if not then, we can implement it in 2013 without any agreement.

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