Nico Rosberg, Silverstone, Mercedes, 2013

FIA limits Young Drivers’ Test to three days

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Silverstone, Mercedes, 2013The FIA has revised the restrictions on next week’s Young Drivers Test.

Significantly, they confirmed it will run over three days and not four, ending Mercedes’ hopes of partial participation in the test. The team were banned from attending it last month after the FIA International Tribunal ruled a three-day test it conducted with Pirelli was illegal.

The FIA confirmed teams will use 2012-construction tyres only which will have 2013-specification compounds. The hard, medium and soft tyres will be available.

Drivers who do not meet the FIA’s criteria for a “young” driver will be allowed to participate in the test to sample the new tyres. But the FIA will impose limits on their participation in car development:

“The test will now allow teams to field drivers who have competed in more than two F1 world championship events provided that the purpose of them doing this is to test tyres for Pirelli,” said an FIA statement.

“In order to meet this requirement, all teams shall ensure that any changes made to a car at these times are exclusively related to the tyre tests set out in the run plan provided by Pirelli.”

The FIA will send an observer to ensure the teams adhere to the rules. The test will take place at Silverstone from July 17th to 19th.

Following Sunday’s German Grand Prix Fernando Alonso indicated he would be willing to take advantage of the opportunity to test:

“When we arrived here on Thursday, the Silverstone test did not seem that important, because the race drivers were only meant to be testing the tyres, but having heard what the FIA had to say, it?s been confirmed that we can test updates and this makes it a much more sensible proposition. If I get the call from the team, I?m ready to go.”

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