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In-season testing and 21 race calendar set for 2014

Jun 9, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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In-season testing looks set to return to Formula One next season after the Sporting Working Group approved four test periods at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

In the wake of the tiregate scandal, there has been increased pressure on the FIA to re-introduce in-season testing, which had been banned to reduce costs. However, according to jamesallenonf1.com, this will be offset by new aerodynamic regulations which will save teams money. Many had feared that in-season testing would only aid the teams with larger budgets, yet this incentive appears to have been welcomed by all corners of the paddock.

Additionally, the Young Driver Tests will be scrapped, having been held since 2009 in order to give up-and-coming drivers a chance to impress their teams. Instead, teams will be able to use their race drivers in testing (should they choose to) in order to receive more meaningful feedback.

The calendar is also set to expand to 21 races thanks to the addition of grands prix in New Jersey and Russia, but this could fall back to 20 should the Korean Grand Prix be dropped due to financial troubles.

The Canadian Grand Prix has traditionally been one of the first races where the foundations for the following season are laid, and it appears that 2013 is no different.

  1. purplesectornet - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Can’t wait to hear what you regular critics have to say about this…Bernie pays all the debt down in New Jersey to make that race happen and we are adding a resort town GP where the winter Olympics will be held in Russia…but Bernie is soooo bad for the sport!! pfffffffffffffffft…

  2. wallio - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    That was a major troll fail. Bernie isn’t even mentioned in that article. But troll on, I suppose.

    Anyway, its about damn time testing came back. The idea of a test ban was good on paper but bad…..oh wait, it was stupid on paper too. Never mind. Glad they fixed it.

  3. purplesectornet - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Yeah that is what I was doing…trolling for you anti formula one agenda…sports cars are the pinnacle right? The New Jersey GP was mentioned and Bernie just paid down a bunch of debt there – so why don’t you comment on me some more and not the point? How many of you guys that are here to do nothing but be hyper critical of F1 are there going to be now? So SICK of the PATHETIC Americana agenda around here…

  4. wallio - Jun 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Says the most bitter Indy basher I have ever met……… Pot, kettle is on line one……

  5. purplesectornet - Jun 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Yeah well IndyCar is struggling…F1 is the actual pinnacle of motorsport, and getting Manhattan is a huge win and that is why folks like you are not even commenting on it, You are totally and completely transparent…

    • mondogarage - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      What part of New Jersey is Manhattan in, exactly?

      • kcmo710 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

        You can see Russia from the racetrack, dontcha know.

    • kcmo710 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      Indy would be doing fine if it weren’t for those meddling teenagers in NASCAR.

      As far as the pinnacle of motorsport, I wouldn’t go that far. F1 is certainly the tops in road racing on a track, but what about drag racing? Or oval racing? Indy cars can go around an oval at average speeds of close to 250 mph. That is nothing to sneeze at. You are also forgetting the Le Mans series, and other endurance racing.

      Being the most expensive (by far) doesn’t make it king of the mountain. Don’t get me wrong; I love F1 and have since I was a kid, but I recognize it is just one facet of motorsports.

  6. purplesectornet - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    Let me guess, you are American? F1 is yes, the king of the mountain. Do you have ANY idea at all how pathetic it is that an entire nation refuses to accept a simple reality?

  7. mcmillang2013 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Oval racing? Really. Some of my fellow Americans are intoxicated.

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