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Extra testing planned for new engines

Apr 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

A Renault Sport F1's prototype electrified 1.6L V6 Turbo powerplant is seen in this technical drawing released in Paris Reuters

Renault Sport F1’s Rob White has revealed that there is likely to be an additional pre-season test in 2014, giving teams additional time to work with the new V6 engines which will be introduced next season.

“There is what looks like quite a mature proposal to have an additional test session which we are completely in favour of,” White told Autosport.

“I don’t know what the format would be or where it would be, but we’re of the assumption that it will be an additional session for all teams and it’s not optional as everyone will want and need it.”

Pre-season testing in 2013 saw three test sessions held: one in Jerez, and two at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Although this does give teams a chance to work on their new cars, many believe that increased testing would be beneficial.

However, with in-season testing banned, an extra test would be welcomed by the teams in order to get used to the new engines. White underlined the importance of the extra session to Renault, with the French marque set to work with Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham next season.

“Even if it was safe to assume that there would be no significant engine or power unit work to do, which is probably not the case, then all of the teams would be busy in characterizing and confirming the design assumptions or gathering data to amend.”

  1. apexassassin - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! But then again so do adequate tires, engine development, no drs or better still: unlimited drs and someone getting Webber something to eat.

  2. techmeister1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    It’s stupid not to have testing during the season. An extra test session for the new V-6 Turbo engines is a must just to try and sort out the engine mapping. As we see the back markers are not moving forward without testing so why not let the teams properly develop their cars?

    The current tires are what the FIA requested that Pirelli deliver. The idea is that the teams need to do numerous pit stops now that refueling is banned, because the casual observer gets bored with actual racing and needs some distraction to maintain their interest. Motorsport is entertainment and is sold as such. You need to be able to keep the clueless spectators entertained or you lose them as viewers.

    Webber is doing just fine, thank you. He proved to Vettel in Malaysia that with the same equipment that Webber was 1/2 second per lap faster than Vetterl, which Vettel was not happy about as his faux paux proved.

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