The testing disagreement
Is Formula One's voluntary testing agreement, as entered into by nine of the sport's ten 2005 teams, about to be binned?
Last year all teams bar Ferrari tested for a maximum of 30 days between the first and last races of the season. The deal was reached on October 23rd 2004 by what became known as the Group of Nine in Sao Paulo during that season's Brazilian Grand Prix, and, against all odds, survived through the season past.
Yes, it was close at times, with, particularly, BAR-Honda and Toyota challenging the spirit of the agreement, but, come China's race, not a single G9 signatory had run beyond 30 days' testing, while Ferrari tested when, where and how they liked - with up to three programmes running at three circuits simultaneously.