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GP Week : Issue 23
> F1NEWS> Heidfeld and Coulthard call for change NICK Heidfeld has joined calls for a further reduction to Formula 1 testing, as the sport’s calendar looks set to increase in 2009 and 2010. Heidfeld’s comments come after Max Mosley repeated his belief that Formula 1 needed to drastically reduce costs, and the resultant opinions of a number of F1’s top brass who have suggested an end to testing during F1 seasons as a simple and effective way to not only reduce cost but increase competition. “I’m looking forward to having more races as is planned for the future, though I wouldn’t mind missing one or two tests,”said Heidfeld. “Actually the tests have been reduced quite a lot over the last two or three years, but I hope we have more races because there is not one that I don’t like.” “I’m looking forward to going to India and the other interesting new 10 places currently being discussed,”he concluded. Meanwhile, Red Bull’s David Coulthard has expressed his belief that a ban on refuelling stops would add to the overall spectacle of Formula 1. Echoing the words that the vast majority of the sport’s fans have been screaming for the last 14 years, Coulthard wrote in an ITV column that the “drawback of refueling is that it detracts from the racing by turning the Grand Prix into a series of low-fuel sprints between pit stops. “In the days (pre-1994) when you carried your entire race fuel load on board the car, there was a much bigger role for the driver in managing the tyres and brakes. You could even opt to run non-stop if you could make the tyres go the distance, while someone else might pit twice. And because the car’s weight changed so much more in the course of the race, there were more fluctuations in performance and handling characteristics, which in turn created more overtaking opportunities. “These days, in dry conditions, you very rarely see anyone win from further back than the second row of the grid, because race pace largely mirrors qualifying pace – which is not surprising when the conditions are so similar. So if we need to spice up the racing, in my view one of the best ways of doing that would be to ban refuelling.”