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FIA clarifies F1 testing regulations ahead of 2014 season

As such, the new regulations break down definitions of 'Current Cars', 'Previous Cars' and 'Historic Cars', with additional clarification of what it allowed on 'Promotional Events'.

“Testing of Current Cars (TCC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of an event, in which a competitor entered in the championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a competitor), using cars which were designed and built in order to comply with the 2013, 2014 or 2015 Formula One Technical Regulations. No competitor may sell or make available a car of the current year to any third party without the full knowledge of the FIA.

“Each competitor will also be permitted to carry out two Promotional Events (PE) with the above cars which will not be considered TCC. A PE shall be defined as an event in which a competitor participates purely for marketing or promotional purposes. No such test may exceed 100km in length and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier may be used.

“In order that an FIA observer may be appointed, competitors must inform the FIA of any planned TCC or PE at least 72 hours before it is due to commence, the following information should be provided:

i) The precise specification of the car(s) to be used.
ii) The name(s) of the driver(s) if known.
iii) The nature of the test.
iv) The date(s) and intended duration of the test.
v) The purpose of the test.

“Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of an event, in which a competitor entered in the championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a competitor), using cars which were designed and built in order to comply with the 2010, 2011 or 2012 Formula One Technical Regulations.

“TPC may only be carried out with cars built to the specification of the period and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose may be used.

“In order that an FIA observer may be appointed, where possible competitors must inform the FIA of any planned TPC at least 72 hours before it is due to commence, the following information should be provided:

i) The precise specification of the car(s) to be used.
ii) The name(s) of the driver(s) if known.
iii) The nature of the test.
iv) The date(s) and intended duration of the test.
v) The purpose of the test.

“Testing of Historic Cars (THC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of an event, in which a competitor entered in the championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a competitor), using cars which were designed and built in order to comply with the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations or earlier.

“THC may only be carried out with cars built to the specification of the period and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose, or tyres of the period, may be used.”

The regulations also state that 'no competitor may carry out more than 15,000km of testing with current cars during a calendar year, and clarifies that such testing may not take place whilst a grand prix is taking place, use more than one car at any given time, be run 'on any track outside Europe without the agreement of the majority of teams and the FIA', during the month of August, prior to 20 January or between 20 and the start of the season unless as part of the scheduled pre-season testing calendar.



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Texas Roadhouse

December 13, 2013 1:35 PM

A typical "committee" decision - chock full of unnecessary over-complications. Why couldn't they (FIA) simply specifiy four test session dates, to follow the GP, as Outsider says, and open to all the teams - without restrictions on what they can do - the expense is already there for the test,so allow the teams to maximise the return on that expense - it's called "value for money".



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