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Massa open to testing return

Felipe Massa says he would welcome a return for F1 testing
Felipe Massa has welcomed the suggestion that F1 could reintroduce some form of in-season testing from the 2012 season onwards.

Currently, teams are unable to test during the season and are forced to test development parts during Friday practice for the various events on the calendar.

The ban on in-season testing has also restricted the role of a number of younger drivers looking to make the move into F1, who would previously have had the chance to gain more on-track experience in test and development roles.

Speaking ahead of the resumption of the 2011 season this weekend in Belgium, the Ferrari driver welcomed talk of a return to testing and said it would make sense for F1 to follow the lead set by MotoGP – which holds a number of tests during the season on the Monday after a race weekend.

“I see there has been talk about re-introducing some testing during the F1 season and I have to say I would be in favour of this,” he said. “All drivers and teams want to be as well prepared as possible for each race and, as the top level of motorsport, some testing during the year should be allowed.

“Of course, we will never return to the way it used to be, with testing almost every day in between races, which was incredibly expensive. Maybe, we could do what they sometimes do in MotoGP and stay on at some circuits on the Monday after a race, which would reduce costs.”


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