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Friday practice to include session for testers only?

Friday practice to be revamped under new plans proposed by FIA president Jean Todt.

FIA president Jean Todt is hoping to revise Friday practice next year and have one session dedicated solely for test and reserve drivers.

His proposal has been tabled in a bit to help young drivers make the step up to the pinnacle of the sport in the wake of restrictions on in-season testing.

Although it looks like there may be some changes on that front next season [see separate story - click here], the plans for Friday practice, according to reports by Finland's Turun Sanomat, will see the current two 90-minute practice sessions split into three 60-minute sessions, with the opening one reserved solely for test and reserve drivers.

Such a proposal would be good news for the likes of McLaren's third driver Gary Paffett and Ferrari's Jules Bianchi, who would both then benefit from track time during an F1 weekend.

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28.08.2011- Race, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA
28.08.2011- Race, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and Michael Schumacher (GER), Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team, MGP W02
07.05.2011- Qualifying, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA
08.05.2011- Press conference, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA
07.05.2011- Qualifying, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren

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dave - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 12:15 PM

It is a bit of a no brainer IMO. But, like MOTOGP, there is no great reason Teams cannot stay on at the same track for a couple of days, everybody and all the kit they need is there. It would be nice if the other teams could test occasionally, all we have now is Ferrari's "Filming days" where they film themselves trying out new parts, a bit like testing, LOL.

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