F1 2017 testing: McLaren dismisses idea of split tests

McLaren has dismissed the idea of 2017 Formula 1 pre-season testing being split across two different circuits on the same dates

F1 2017 testing: McLaren dismisses idea of split tests

At present there is a battle over pre-season testing for 2017, with one group - including McLaren - supporting Pirelli's push for warm-weather running outside of Europe to ensure its new wider tyres are ready for the new season.

Opposed is another faction, led by Red Bull, that believes on cost grounds the two tests should take place at Barcelona as planned.

It has, however, been suggested a parallel test could take place, with the two groups divided across both venues.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier told Autosport: "We want all teams to go together.

"And there is a cost saving, which is why I don't understand why we are talking about splitting the test.

"With more teams at one track the less it will cost those teams.

"If we're all together then the cost is split across the 11 teams, but if there are only five, six teams then the cost is again split across those teams, so therefore higher.

"We've a testing agreement in place. Now we just need to find a location where we all need to go."

It has been suggested Pirelli will help pay towards any additional circuit costs that may arise should the parallel test proposal be voted through.

For a test to take place outside Europe, the sporting regulations currently state a majority of the teams must agree on that venue.

The FIA is due to meet with representatives of all 11 teams in the Suzuka paddock on Sunday ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.

The argument against Bahrain, as mentioned by Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds, Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley and Manor racing director Dave Ryan, is one of cost and logistics.

The difference in cost between attending a test in Bahrain compared to Barcelona is estimated to be in the region of £400,000, while transporting parts to Spain is also far easier.

"Yes, with Bahrain there is extra cost, but it is also a good track and with the good weather that is required," added Boullier.

"In the end what we want is the fairest solution.

"We want to respect the agreement, which is we all go testing together, and whatever that place will be, we will follow the F1 community."

shares
comments
Japanese GP F1 FP3: Nico Rosberg fastest again at Suzuka

Previous article

Japanese GP F1 FP3: Nico Rosberg fastest again at Suzuka

Next article

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Japanese GP F1 pole by 0.013s

Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to Japanese GP F1 pole by 0.013s
Load comments
How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator Plus

How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator

As a young boy, Carlos Sainz was schooled by his father in the special folklore surrounding Ferrari in Formula 1. Now an established grand prix ace – and a Ferrari driver to boot – Sainz opens up to BEN ANDERSON about driving for the team of his childhood hero, and of his own boyhood dreams

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2021
Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021