Components 1 groups say the game should improve the quantity of pre-season testing subsequent yr when it introduces new technical rules.
The game delayed the introduction of recent guidelines by one yr to 2022 as a cost-saving measure because of the pandemic. It additionally permitted groups to hold over their most up-to-date vehicles to this season with minimal modifications.
This meant the quantity of pre-season testing this yr may very well be decreased from the conventional six days to only three. Nevertheless a number of groups have indicated that won’t be sufficient time to run of their 2022 vehicles.
“Subsequent yr we’ve got a brand new automobile and subsequently I don’t suppose that three take a look at days will probably be sufficient,” stated AlphaTauri staff principal Franz Tost in response to a query from RaceFans. “However we’ve got to discover a good stability between the variety of the times and the prices as a result of 2022 won’t be fairly low-cost and subsequently we’ve got to take every part into consideration.”
Aston Martin CEO Otmar Szafnauer can be eager to see extra testing scheduled for the 2022 F1 season.
“Like Franz says we’re going to have a wholly new automobile subsequent yr and that ought to go into contemplating the place and for the way lengthy we take a look at subsequent yr,” he stated. “I feel three days was acceptable for this yr with what occurred in 2020, the pandemic and lowering the quantity of growth within the automobile.”
Alpine government director Marcin Budkowski desires subsequent yr’s testing schedule to be “nearer to what we had up to now – someplace between 4 and 6 [days], however nearer to 6, I’d say.”
This yr’s pre-season take a look at was relocated from Spain to Bahrain when the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix meant the Center Jap circuit took over the season-opening spherical of the championship.
Budkowski stated the associated fee benefit of testing on the Circuit de Catalunya may outweigh the advantage of the hotter and extra dependable climate groups often expertise in Bahrain.
“There’s benefits to be testing right here [in Bahrain] clearly, the climate, though you possibly can have a sandstorm. However it’s removed from [our] base, it’s dearer and it’s extra sophisticated for the logistics.
“Spain is way simpler, by way of logistics it’s cheaper. However particularly this yr with three days of testing, it’s good that we had three strong days of first rate climate. Even the sandstorm wasn’t that unhealthy, truly.”
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