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In-season testing ban amended

The FIA announces an amendment to the rules on in-season testing in F1
An amendment to the rules on in-season testing in F1 was one of the main changes for the 2010 season confirmed by the FIA late last week.

The rule banning in-season testing came under scrutiny last season when Ferrari tried to get permission from its rivals to allow Michael Schumacher to test the F60 when it was revealed that he would return to the sport to replace the injured Felipe Massa.

Three rival teams objected to the request which prevented Schumacher from testing the car, although he return would ultimately be shelved due to concerns over a neck injury the German driver was carrying at the time.

The rule also prevented Romain Grosjean, Jaime Alguersuari, Kamui Kobayashi, Tonio Liuzzi and Luca Badoer from doing any testing prior to taking up drives over the course of the year.

Under changes for 2010, teams will be allowed to carry out one day of testing at a non-F1 circuit if a substitute driver needs to be called up during the season, as long as that driver hasn't raced in F1 for two seasons. That test will be permitted between the start of the week preceding the second event of the season and the final round of the year.

The FIA also ratified the points system for the 2010 season, which will run 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 while starting weights will no longer be published during the year ahead as car weights would give an indication as to which cars in the field were most fuel efficient following the ban on refuelling.



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JG - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 12:50 PM

Why not just adopt motoGP style testing - Stay on for an extra day at 2 or 3 rounds and test as much as you like, with the proviso that the team's reserve driver(s) has to be used alongside one of the regular drivers. The rookies get the experience, the teams get the data and it won't add a huge amount on budgets as there won't be that much extra travelling.

DampMongoose - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 11:17 AM

Shame about not publishing the car weights... I would really like to know which cars are most fuel efficient, I would also say that where environmental/green issues and cost saving are the current trends (Not my personal opinion) this should be information made available to the public as engine manufacturers should be accountable for producing efficient engines!



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