Teams ‘all agree’ to reduced testing

Date published: August 30 2019

Teams 'all agree' to reduced testing

The F1 teams have “all agreed” to reduce the number of days spent testing in 2020, dropping from eight to six days for pre-season running and scrapping both in-season outings.

With Spain wanting back on the calendar for 2020, it meant a 22-grand prix schedule.

The teams agreed to the record-breaking calendar but only if testing was reduced.

That has now been agreed with pre-season running cut to six days from eight, while both two-day in-season tests have been dropped.

In fact the only test that has gone up in days is the post-season Abu Dhabi test in which the teams run the next year’s Pirellis.

That’s up to three days with two of those days reserved for rookie drivers.

“Less testing, we all agreed on it, we all think it’s a good idea,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner told Autosport.

“If you would have asked 10 years ago [if] doing six days a year was workable, I would say it’s impossible.

“Now it’s possible. We’ve gone from eight days pre-season and four days in-season to six days and no days. We will survive.”

Haas driver and Grand Prix Drivers’ Association director Romain Grosjean suggested less pre-season testing would help F1’s leading outfits.

“I don’t think that’s the right choice, it will again give the advantage to the bigger teams,” he said.

“In-season I can understand. Winter testing, eight days was already very little, and six days is even less, obviously.”

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