F1 » Teams consider in-season F1 testing


Could in-season testing return to F1?

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ModenaWest - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 5:21 PM

A few options:

#1) Three "unlimited" test days per manufacturer for testing phased during the season at the racetrack. One additional "unlimited" test day at airport for aerodynamic work. Use contracted regular drivers

#2) Three additional "limited" (newbie driver) post race event. Crews are there and cars need rebuilt anyway if damage occurs.

#3) Give all the teams an additional 1hr for testing on Friday.

#4) For lower third group per manufacturer points status -- get 1hr additional testing on Saturday morning. (thus the small teams with limited budgets will put on a "better show" and have no excuse not to test) It would make qualifying and the racing more competitive.

johnny - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 6:11 PM

why not make friday an unlimited, all day, test day instead of only 2 time limited practice sessions. The teams are already there and it would be great for the spectators....

racy - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 8:15 PM

Everyone here has forgot that the current limited engine number makes this a bit silly. If the teams are allowed extra engines for testing only, then it makes some sense. Otherwise they risk even more considering the current rules. And do not forget the multi millions already spent and added to on simulators. Teams seem to always find ways around rules but the engine rule is costly when broken, therefore, no blown engines anymore except on occasion. Remember, they still run 13 inch wheels, another rule.

Gerry Edwards

July 19, 2011 10:24 PM

OMG. there really is some sanity in the rank and file. Well said "Georges", The cost of an extra day at a track where the team is already set up is significantly less than traveling to a test facility. I realize street circuits would not work but there are many tracks close to Monaco ( Paul Ricard for instance) that could be used for a test after that particular race.(This practice has been used by Indy Car Teams for years, particularly when there are back to back races and a change from a road course to an oval is necessary.) It makes perfect sense. Team principals, are you reading this??????.

Trying-yes-very ! - Unregistered

July 19, 2011 11:54 PM

One big question, just how many extra hours do you all want the team members to work ? Most will not have had the best amount of rest and sleep, and now we want to add half to once again on top. I don't think we would be getting the best from them if they are overworked and jet lagged too.

We do need unrestricted testing and proper testing teams too, to be even near this mythical pinnacle far more input is required. If lower teams can't do it then so be it. If you can't afford another pint, well just don't have one.

All this bullstuff about being greener is just a load of codswallop, to even presume we humans could affect nature for the better is scientific arrogance in it's extreme.
Carbon , oil etc are NATURAL products stop trying to train them.

Funkyj - Unregistered

July 20, 2011 4:14 AM

Bring back unlimited testing so all teams can improve their cars. F1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsport.


Once they change f1 engines to turbos drivers will be able to get experience driving faster cars in lower formulae.

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