Formula 1 testing set to return to Silverstone amid talks over splitting young driver test with Abu Dhabi
|By Jonathan Noble||Tuesday, April 17th 2012, 11:11 GMT|
Formula 1 teams are edging closer an agreement that will allow testing to return to Silverstone this year.
As AUTOSPORT revealed last month, teams have been considering switching the annual young driver test from its late-season Abu Dhabi slot to just after the British Grand Prix, because of concerns about the workload at the end of the season.
Further discussions took place over the Chinese GP weekend to try and find agreement on which venue would be preferred, but no consensus was reached.
Teams have therefore agreed that they will have the option of running at either Silverstone in July or at the Yas Marina circuit after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.
The final details of the tests need to be sorted out to ensure that one group of teams is not given an advantage by getting exclusive access to development tyres at the end of the year.
In a bid to ensure that teams are also not disadvantaged by bad weather at Silverstone, they will be able to pull out of the running if it looks like the test will be a washout.
However, it is understood that if a team's car leaves the pits at the first test, then they will be deemed to have chosen that test so cannot therefore take part in the Abu Dhabi running.