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Rule changes to aid stand-ins

FIA announces: F1 substitutes to be allowed to test.
Drivers drafted in mid-season will be allowed to test for one day under new rules for F1 2010, it has been confirmed.

According to reports by SpeedTV.com any driver that has been out of the sport for two years would be allowed to test.

The test though must take place at a non-grand prix venue, and if that debut is then canned, the team will be penalised by a reduction of one day from its pre-season track testing days available in the following year.

The change has been brought in as the ban on in-season testing - something that will remain in 2010 - created a number of issues for new or returning drivers in '09, such as Jaime Alguersuari, who Scuderia Toro Rosso brought in to replace Sebastian Bourdais, as well as Michael Schumacher, who was forced to test a 2007-spec Ferrari F1 car while assessing his ability to stand-in for the injured Felipe Massa.

Meanwhile, in a separate, but related development, the number of in-season aerodynamic test days allowed has been cut from eight to six.

"Any of these days may be substituted for four hours of full scale wind tunnel testing to be carried out in a single twenty four hour period," added the sports governing body.

Tagged as: FIA , test , testing , subs , substitutes , New rules

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Jaime Alguersuari [Pic credit: Toro Rosso]
Jaime Alguersuari [Pic credit: Toro Rosso]
Jaime Alguersuari, Scuderia Toro Rosso, 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [pic credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images]
Jaime Alguersuari [Pic credit: Toro Rosso]

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Alan D - Unregistered

December 17, 2009 2:01 PM

I really think the teams should decide on a rule themselves and tell the FIA what rule they want. Rules like this, which are purely budgetary, should be down to the teams only.

Mattyg - Unregistered

December 17, 2009 1:51 PM

If they are good enough for a super-licence one day should be enough. Tyres and aero checks in the morning a couple of qualifying laps and an endurance run.Simples :D

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