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FIA announces test changes in wake of tire problems

Jul 1, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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In a statement, the FIA has confirmed that race drivers will be allowed to take part in what was originally to be the Young Driver’s Test at Silverstone “provided it is clear that they are testing tires for Pirelli.” The session, scheduled for July 17-19, may also be extended by a day.

“Our priority is to ensure safety for all in Formula One and we believe the incidents at Silverstone represent a genuine safety concern for the drivers,” FIA President Jean Todt said in the statement. “We have thus taken the decision to alter the young driver test to allow teams to use drivers they deem fit to carry out tire development work in a bid to solve the problems we saw at the British Grand Prix.

“I believe it is fitting to carry out this work at the circuit upon which the issues were manifested.”

Per the recent decision from the FIA’s International Tribunal, Mercedes will not take part in the Silverstone test.

The FIA will seek approval from the World Motorsport Council to change sporting regulations regarding the current in-season testing ban, which would make the aforementioned test legal. In addition, the FIA will also ask for an additional change to technical regulations that would allow modifications to tire specifications to be made without the unanimous approval of all teams.

These decisions come after Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered left-rear tire blowouts during Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Pirelli is still investigating the matter, but has declared that the new bonding process on the tires were not the cause of the failures.

As MotorSportsTalk’s Keith Collantine reported this morning, all opposition to Pirelli’s initial plan to switch from tires with steel belts to those with Kevlar belts has backed down in the wake of Sunday’s incidents.

  1. techmeister1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    The FIA is nothing but a bunch of A-Holes. For years teams and fans have been telling the FIA that in season testing is necessary. The naive perception of the FIA that eliminating in season testing would lower operating costs, is a laughable.

    The FIA showed it’s real colors with Mercedes-gate. To pretend that Mercedes didn’t gain tech knowledge from running the Pirelli tire test is down right insulting to the other teams and fans. You can fool some of the people some of the time but the failure of the FIA to punish Mercedes for violation of the Sporting Regs is outrageous. The FIA should be disbanded if this is the best they can do.

  2. purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    FFS what a complete load of nonsense…there was a tribunal with lawyers on both sides, did you even bother to read up on this scandal? Who pretended? FIA site says 12 people sit on the tribunal.

    The testing ban is what has given this sport some decent amount if parity, or do you really want to go back to M. Schumacher sleeping in the apartment at Fiorano while three other teams test…cause that is what they will do…and you can have 2004 all over again…

    • indycarseries500 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Hahahahahahaha Mr. or Ms. I hate all racing that’s not Formula 1 wants Formula 1 to be more like those series?

      Formula 1 isn’t about parity it’s about building the ultimate racing machine to a certain spec, not lets make them all the same. 2004 was interesting because everyday you’d read testing reports and they’d tell you what the teams were working on, McLaren was in the cellar with a junk car they went out tested and tested and built a new car and Kimi was able to snag a few wins, BAR and Renault had a great battle for second in the WCC you never knew who was going to be ahead on a given weekend. Bridgestone vs. Michelin continuously trying to better each other. Sure the Ferrari was dominant but who cares that’s how it goes. You’re a joke.

      • purplesectornet - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        parity doesn’t mean “make them all the same” You really are not too bright, are you?

      • indycarseries500 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Bright enough to realize it’s the tires that brings this parity, not the testing ban, yet I bet you blast Pirelli on a daily basis.

        You do realize with or without testing and a tire that wears like they did in 2010, Vettel wins most the races with an occasional Rosberg or Hamilton win, right?

  3. purplesectornet - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    and by three other teams I mean three other test teams from Ferrari…that is what they were doing…

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