FIA changes rules to allow race drivers to test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013The FIA has confirmed changes to the F1 rules to allow race drivers to participate in the Young Drivers’ Test and for new tyres to be introduced immediately on safety grounds.

Race drivers will be allowed to test to evaluate planned changes to Pirelli’s tyres which will be introduced at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The FIA will not allow them to participate in the test for any other purpose, such as to evaluate developments to their cars.

In a new version of the regulations published on its website today, the definition of the Young Drivers Test in article 22.4 (h) (i) has been revised as follows (amendments in italics):

One three or four day young driver training test carried out on a date and site approved by the FIA following consultation with all teams. Any driver who has competed in more than two F1 world championship races may take part in this test provided that the purpose of him doing so is to test tyres for the appointed tyre supplier and all drivers must be in possession of an International A Licence.

No further exceptions to the ban on testing between the first race of the season and the end of the year have been added.

Ferrari has already confirmed its race drivers will participate in the Young Drivers Test which is to be held at Silverstone from July 17th to 19th.

The FIA has also given itself the power to change the specification of the tyres during the season immediately on safety grounds. The following sentence has been added to article 12.6.3 of the Technical Regulations (amendment in italics):

Tyre specifications will be determined by the FIA no later than 1 September of the previous season. Once determined in this way, the specification of the tyres will not be changed during the Championship season without the agreement of all competing teams.

Notwithstanding the above, the FIA may decide to change the specification during the Championship season for safety reasons without notice or delay.

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