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Ferrari find testing situation “ridiculous”

Apr 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes that the current testing situation is “ridiculous”.

Teams are limited to the three pre-season tests held in Spain each year, with in-season testing banned, but Domenicali is in favor of returning to a more liberal testing schedule.

“The testing situation is ridiculous,” Domenicali told F1 Racing magazine.

“At the end of the day, it is ridiculous – I use this word again – that we are not able to use this track. We were too far in one direction on testing a couple of years ago and we are now too far on the other hand.”

Domenicali revealed that Ferrari are talking to the other teams in an attempt to draw up a more effective testing schedule.

“With the other teams, we’ll try to convince them that we need to find another balance – and I am positive we can find a solution.”

For 2014, the teams are set to give the green light for a fourth pre-season test due to the new engine regulations. However, the lack of in-season testing restricts teams to the practice sessions at each grand prix for car development. Although this does reduce costs, it also restricts progress as teams look to make great strides across the course of the season.

  1. icemanpjn - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I understand the logic behind wanting limited testing, mainly in attempt to cut costs in an astronomically expensive sport, but I’m still in favor of allowing at least some mid-season testing to return.

  2. v2rotate - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    The Thursday before or the Monday after selected GP’s would be the best from a cost and tire control standpoint.

  3. chaparral2f - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    While I am not a fan of Domenicali, I totally agree with him. This testing situation is ridiculous. Testing was limited to reduce costs, yet teams now have 600 employees, many of whom are doing computer simulations, which in the end, must be more expensive than real world testing. Ferrari has a place to test their cars. Let them and the other teams do that. I want the teams ready BEFORE a race, not during practice to test out new ideas. Personally, it would not bother me to have no testing restrictions at all. Let the teams test out as much as they please.

  4. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    The current testing scheme is absurd and almost worthless. I agree that there should be more testing allowed throughout the season. This is F1 not some sportsman category of racing. I fully understand some of the smaller teams like William’s, Force India, Lotus, etc. may not have the funds to do a lot of track testing but they may learn a lot more at the track than in simulations.

    While more testing should be allowed it may be prudent to not allow completely unlimited testing as it would give an unfair advantage to the best financed teams. That being said the “gentleman’s agreement” on spending limits is farcical as there is no real means to monitor it or enforce the agreement. It’s basically for public consumption.

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