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

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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. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 2nd July 2013, 5:56

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

  2. Jan (@yancheelaa) said on 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…

  3. alphaa (@alphaa) said on 2nd July 2013, 8:17

    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.

  4. Denis 68 said on 2nd July 2013, 8:25

    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.

  5. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 2nd July 2013, 8:54

    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.

  6. Tyler (@tdog) said on 2nd July 2013, 9:14

    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 :-)

  7. Melchior (@melchior) said on 2nd July 2013, 9:42

    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.

  8. Jason (@jason12) said on 2nd July 2013, 11:27

    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.

    • dkpioe said on 2nd July 2013, 12:36

      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.

    • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 2nd July 2013, 16:16

      Ferrari have experienced more tyre failures than Mercedes.

  9. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 2nd July 2013, 11:33

    I’ve got my ticket :)

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