Domenicali: Without testing Formula One puts itself at risk
30 August, 2012
Aug.30 (GMM) Stefano Domenicali has blamed the lack of private testing in Formula One for the sport’s failure to produce bright new star drivers in recent times, and believes that the lack of testing – as mandated by the rules – is damaging the sport at the highest level.
Now, the few pre-season tests are used exclusively for car development and the race drivers, and even the new mid-season test – held at Mugello this year – has been scrapped for 2013.
That leaves just the ‘young drivers’ test, but that concept has been a shambles in 2012, with the twelve teams splitting their running throughout the season between Silverstone, Magny Cours and Abu Dhabi.
So with Ferrari now essentially unable to use its vast resources or private venues including Fiorano for extensive track testing, team boss Domenicali insists a bad side-effect is that uncovering bright new talent is now harder.
“If we do not increase the level of testing, the problem will just get worse and worse. Testing is not just for technical innovations, but also to give young drivers the chance to learn something and make themselves known.
“Without testing, Formula One puts itself at risk.
“In the current situation, we are not able to find the new stars because you would be having to put young drivers immediately in the races, without the necessary experience behind them, and that is not good for anyone,” added Domenicali.
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