F1 » Young Driver Test opened up to race drivers

The FIA confirms that it has asked the World Motor Sport Council to make amendments to F1's Sporting Regulations to allow race drivers to run in the Silverstone Young Driver Test

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July 01, 2013 10:48 PM

You'd almost think this was planned.

Convenient way of covering the safety issue and Merc getting of lightly. No wonder they were grumbling about missing the young driver test.


July 01, 2013 11:17 PM

I'm finding this hard to swallow, IF the tyre is at fault then it's at fault and needs changed no need for a 3 day test.
The tyres should be proven to be 100% up to the job long before they ever get fitted to an F1 car.


July 02, 2013 12:07 AM
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"To show how benevolent we are the FIA will allow Mercedes to take part in the test session which they were preivously banned from taking part." The FIA

It doesn't surprise me if fia continues it's Mercedes push!


July 02, 2013 1:57 AM

If this mess all ends up with some proper in-season testing allowed for next season, it will have been worth it.

What will happen about Pirelli testing for 2014? Will they have to use a 'similar' 2.4 V8 which is not very similar to a 1.6 V6 turbo. They must be allowed to test tyres on vehicles they were designed for, not something thats nearly the same.


July 02, 2013 2:04 AM

mrfill. cut and pasted

Ahead of a dramatic overhaul of F1's regulations for next year, teams will be allowed an earlier than usual start to run their new cars.

Following approval by Formula 1's Sporting Working Committee in Canada, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved the tweak, as well as the return of in-season testing.

A statement issued by the governing body said: "Four two-day track tests will be allowed in season in place of the current eight one-day promotional days and the three-day young driver test.

"These will take place at tracks in Europe on the Tuesday and Wednesday after a race in order to ensure minimal additional resources are necessary.

"Track testing will now also be permitted in January 2014 in order to allow earlier testing of the new power units."

It is thought that the in-season tests will take place after the Spanish, British, Hungarian and Italian Grands Prix, although a final decision will only be made once the calendar is confirmed.



July 02, 2013 2:06 AM

Although the return of testing will increase costs for the teams, the FIA has also approved plans to counter the jump in expenditure by limiting other forms of factory work.

It said: "A significant reduction in the amount of windtunnel testing and CFD work has been imposed to help reduce costs and potentially allow two teams to share one windtunnel."

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