Should F1 teams test before racing?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Hockenheimring, test, 2008, 470150

For the second race weekend in a row F1 teams are testing at the circuit where they will next be competing.

Three days of testing conclude at the Hockenheimring today ahead of the German Grand Prix a week on Sunday. But does testing on race tracks so close to a race weekend risk making the races duller?

(Update: I’ve added a poll to this article)

It seems to me that if teams are able to test at Grand Prix venues immediately before racing there it reduces the potential for differences in performance between the teams and drivers.

With a total of four days’ practice instead of one each team is more likely to get the optimum set-up for their cars, reducing the chance of one of them going the wrong way on set-up and falling behind cars they are usually quicker than.

The Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, often sees very poor races. This year there were only two passes for position during the race. Is this because the teams get to test here so often there is less variation in performance between them than usual?

However I think there is something to be said for allowing teams to test at Grand Prix venues before the race weekend begins. If it had happened at Indianapolis in 2005 perhaps that particular debacle could have been avoided. What do you think?

Should F1 teams test before racing?

  • Yes (24%)
  • No (54%)
  • Not bothered (22%)

Total Voters: 138

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