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F1 2014 rules bid to ensure FP1 action with extra tyres, drivers

The dearth of F1 action early on Friday mornings could be addressed by the latest sporting regulations which open up possibilities for teams.
The latest F1 sporting regulations have made an effort to ensure that there are no 'quiet periods' at the start of opening practice, by allowing teams to make use of additional drivers and tyres on Friday morning.

Dusty track surfaces and familiarity with some venues have often resulted in teams laying dormant for large parts of FP1, figuring they have little to gain by venturing out.

While the return of in-season testing may have quietened calls for the Friday sessions to be turned over to young drivers instead of featuring the established stars, the latest regulations issued by the FIA make provision for as many as four drivers per team to take part in FP1, while also allowing the use of an additional set of the prime tyre in the opening 30 minutes of the session in a bid to increase the action.

Any additional drivers – who will only be allowed to take part provided they have the mandatory superlicence - will also be subject to the new rule on permanent numbers, where previously reserves such as James Calado and Rodolfo Gonzalez would simply have assumed the number of the driver they were replacing. They will, however, be using the engine, tyres and gearbox allocation of the replaced driver.

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01.11.2013- Free Practice 1, Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN) Marussia F1 Team Reserve Driver
23.11.2013- Free Practice 3, Pirelli Tyres
12.05.2013-Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
04.10.2013- Free Practice 1: James Calado (GBR), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06 3rd driver
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26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Rio Haryanto (IDN) Manor Racing MRT05
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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December 13, 2013 6:56 PM

The FIA seems to be underestimating the engine mileage which for sure will be critical and so teams will avoid mileage on engines as much as possible. I remember the engine (Cosworth V8) reliability problems Benetton went through with Tom Wilkinshow advising that the only way to be able to finish a race was to keep mileage off the engine in practice.

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