Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013

FIA allows teams to use race drivers at Young Drivers Test for “tyre development work”

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013The FIA has announced teams will be allowed to run their race drivers in the forthcoming Young Drivers’ Test as F1 seeks a solution to the tyre problems which affected yesterday’s British Grand Prix.

FIA president Jean todt said: “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.”

“We have thus taken the decision to alter the Young Driver Test to allow teams to use drivers they deem fit to carry out tyre 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.”

The test takes places on July 17th to 19th, after this weekend’s German Grand Prix. However the FIA added the length of the test may be extended by one day.

The FIA intends to allow drivers “who have competed in more than two F1 World Championship events provided it is clear that the purpose of them doing this is to test tyres for Pirelli”.

The sport’s governing body it has “asked Pirelli for an assurance that there will be no repetition of the tyre problems at this weekend?s German Grand Prix or at subsequent grand prix [sic].”

In order to accommodate the change to the testing plan the FIA requires the agreement of teams to amend article 22.4h (i) of the Sporting Regulations and article 12.6.3 of the Technical Regulations. These govern the dates on which testing may take place and changes to tyre specifications.

The FIA added Mercedes has agreed not to participate in the test following the ruling handed down by the International Tribunal last month.

Red Bull had previously announced Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr would drive for them at the test.

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140 comments on “FIA allows teams to use race drivers at Young Drivers Test for “tyre development work””

  1. Can the teams alternate more than 2 drivers in these test?

  2. where is this test on and what dates?

    1. Silverstone on July 17-19.

      Test is open to the fans.

  3. Just to clarify, the teams are allowed to use their regular race drivers only for the tyre development work, not for car development work. If they want to do the latter then they must use “young drivers”.

    I suspect most teams will do some of both.

  4. When Lewis’ tyre blew, I thought ‘Karma is a b…’
    So it turns out to be even a bigger one.

    1. BJ (@beejis60)
      1st July 2013, 22:34

      Why? He was doing what his employer asked him to do. HAM didn’t make the decision to do the test.

      1. But Mercedes did, and HAM drives a Mercedes.

    2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
      2nd July 2013, 0:46

      1) Were you also thinking that karma is a b**** when Massa’s, Vergne’s and Perez’s tyres blew?

      2) No such thing as Karma.

  5. This seems sensible to me. Perhaps adding a day like they have suggested will allow the young drivers to get in a good amount of testing as well as a fair amount for tyre testing from the regulars. Also, testing these tyres on a circuit where these incidents happened seems logical and should give good feedback in order to sort this whole affair.

  6. Well, if the YTD is overtaken by a Tyre test based on a safety issue, then technically, Mercedes cannot be excluded from it – as the test is now significantly different from what is was supposed to be; hence the ban will be invalid. Also, they FIA can be found negligent if Mercedes were to have another accident again – due to not being allowed to participate in the test, despite having suffered a safety issue with the tyres themselves.

    Merc have always argued that the tyres used in their “secret” test were for 2014 and they had no idea of the compounds. They also argued that they did not compile any significant amount of data from the test. The International Tribunal did NOT contest these points with them.

    The FIA are really going to be in a bind about this, as Merc will certainly not take it lying down.

    1. As mentioned in the article, Mercedes have agreed not to participate in this test even now that its not a clear YDT as was mentioned in the verdict @kbdavies

  7. Always the pessimist. I predict a week of rain during the test, therefore achieving nothing.
    While I have the rostrum, why would you place your frontline drivers in the cars for the test? Its like a human being used to test a bullet-proof vest. I believe they call them Crash-Test Dummies. I can understand RB putting Webber in the car though ;)
    I also predict Alonso, Kimi & Lewis will have other important matters to attend to on the test days.

  8. Its amazing how after we have had 4 tyre blow outs in 1 race the FIA have realized that Pirelli need some form of tyre testing with a current spec car and that all teams need to be able to participate. I think we will see more tyre tests in the near future now. It shouldn’t have taken 4 tyre blow outs and consistent graveling with the FIA from Pirelli to test and improve there tyres.

  9. Ross Brawn must be kicking himself now.

    1. Actually I think he could feel vindicated because by now it looks far less dodgy that they saw the need to “help pirelli”. And off course this test allowing normal drivers in means we can stop discussing how its not real punishment for the team too @wsrgo

      1. I very much doubt he chose to do the secret test to “help Pirelli”

  10. So in the young driver test, can the teams bolt new things on the car to test , I mean, can they take it as the normal in -season testing ?

    1. yes, @gill, they can test more or less whatever they want on the cars.

  11. The sensible thing to do. They should do an extra young drivers test at the end of the season.

  12. Jan (@yancheelaa)
    2nd July 2013, 7:20

    I really need to write this. I love the F1, but what a laugh is it these days, just rules being made up over night, the tyre thing is just making the championship maybe fun to watch, but where is the objectivity…? FIA should look deep in themselves and Bernie should go, enjoy the retirement but never return again…

  13. To be honest. If mercedes did their private test in good faith. This is quite an disadvantage to them. It’s quite unfair.
    The punishment was to take away a “YOUNG driver test”, not a “Race driver test” . Having changing the nature of the testing, I think mercedes should be allowed into the test, and find an equivalent punishment to replace.

    It’s like if you lost the bet to your mate and was to shout him for a lunch at a food court, and now you were to change the venue to a 3 stars restaurant and this is not the same punishment.

  14. Wonder if we will see a race driver using a rookie’s helmet when not carrying out tyre development work?
    Kimi may need to borrow Davide Valsecchi’s helmet.

  15. The FIA intends to allow drivers “who have competed in more than two F1 World Championship events provided it is clear that the purpose of them doing this is to test tyres for Pirelli”.

    I wonder is and how they are going to police this, and what do they mean by test tyres for Pirelli? Does that mean Pirelli determines the test programme, and they are only allowed to run parts that they have already raced? Somehow I feel this formulation opens the door to more controversy.

  16. I wonder is and how they are going to police this

    @adrianmorse Well, I guess if we see Nando doing constant speed runs down the start/finish straight, we can be fairly confident he’s not focussed on the tyres :-)

  17. I like this development from the FIA although i hope that the young drivers still get a chance to have a run in the cars.
    Clearly Mercedes (as witnessed at Silverstone) have gone a long way in solving their rear tyre wear issues,probably due to their recent clandestine test so it is only fair that the other teams be allowed to test.

  18. Legally Merc should be able to participate in this event as it’s no longer the ‘Young Driver’s Test’ they are banned from.

    Since safety is primary concern, Merc is the prime candidate for meaningful data, as opposed to Lotus, Force India, Ferrari, etc…..

    Hopefully EMOTIONS can be taken out of this and sense can prevail.

    1. Merc have said they will not participate. Why do you think Merc is the prime candidate for meaningful data over the other teams? is it because they are your favourite team? as for tyre delaminations, that problem can be fixed without merc at the test, as there will be many “representative” cars testing. As for gaining/losing an advantate: Merc had their test, and suddenly they have won 2 races and all their tyre wear problems disappeared, maybe this test for the other teams will put the performance levels between the cars back to where they would have been had merc not cheated – at the end of the season merc still have the advantage as maybe they got 2 wins they might not otherwise have had.

    2. Ferrari have experienced more tyre failures than Mercedes.

  19. I’ve got my ticket :)

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