Tuesday, February 3, 2009

In-season test ban to be lifted?

Monday 2nd February 2009

Formula One's agreement to ban in-season testing is set to be scrapped, according to reports.

The F1 teams had collectively, under the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), agreed to ban in-season testing as a way to reduce the costs of competing in F1.

However, given that this year's new regulations, which include F1's first ever season using the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS), many of the teams are reconsidering the ban.

"KERS is new for everybody and no one has achieved the level of reliability with it that we would like to have," a team member explained to grandprix.com.

"It makes sense to have a transitional year, with less testing than before, but with a few tests early on in the season, to help everybody get on top of their problems.

"It's not on everybody's interest to see only five or six cars finish races, so we're trying to get an agreement on a change of the rules for 2009."

Source : Planet F1

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