Formula 1's in-season testing to return in 2014
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, June 9th 2013, 15:38 GMT|
In-season testing will return to Formula 1 next year, after teams approved plans for four post-race sessions in 2014.
Following a lengthy meeting of think-tank the Sporting Working Committee in the Montreal paddock on Saturday night, a majority of teams voted in favour of a testing rethink for next year.
The plans, which now just need final approval from the FIA's World Motor Sport Council which meets at the end of this month, will open the way for four two-day test sessions that will take place after selected grands prix.
AUTOSPORT understands that the tests will take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the nominated races.
The exact location of the tests has not yet been agreed and will depend on the exact make-up of the 2014 calendar, which has not yet been finalised.
Teams are eager to test at Barcelona and Silverstone, but will only be able to do so if they are not scheduled as back-to-back races with other events.
Other venues that could be used for the test are Budapest and Spa.
Teams have already agreed that there will be three pre-season tests next year, with the first taking place in mid-January at Jerez in Spain.
There is also a big push to have the two subsequent tests in the Middle East, but this still depends on the season opener being in Bahrain.