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GP Week : Issue 184
IN-SEASON TESTING TO RETURN The F1 sporting Working Group met in Montreal on saturday to discuss proposed modifications to the in-season testing rules. unusually for Formula One, the teams were able to come to enough of an agreement that it looks as though in-season testing will return for 2014. Eight of the sport’s eleven teams are said to have voted for the in-season testing proposal, which – if ratified by the World Motor Sport Council at their next quarterly meeting – will see eight days of in-season tests return to the Formula One calendar. The next meeting of the WMSC is scheduled to take place on 28 June at Goodwood House, marking the end of the FIA’s Sport Conference Week. The proposed in-season test schedule will see teams running for two extra days following four of next year’s races. While the details are yet to be confirmed, it is thought that the tests will follow the races at Silverstone, Barcelona, Hungary and Spa. MARSHALL KILLED IN FREAK ACCIDENT A marshal has been killed in a freak accident at the Canadian Grand Prix, run over by a mobile crane at the end of the Formula One race. The FIA has released a statement saying the marshal, a member of the Notre Dame Automobile Club, had died in a Montreal hospital from the injuries he sustained. The marshal died while removing the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez, who crashed out on lap 63. The FIA has not yet identified the marshal but said he was "the victim of an unfortunate accident." " T he worker was helping to recover a car which had stopped during the race," s aid the statement. " T he recovery vehicle had lifted the car to return it to the pits and while doing this the worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up. "As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle." The FIA said the worker was transferred by helicopter to the Sacre -Coeur hospital in Montreal for treatment but his injuries were too severe and he died. The last marshall to be killed at an F1 race was Graham Beveridge, who was killed at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix when he was struck by a tyre that flew through a gap in the safety fencing after Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher had collided. F1 >>> nEWs In order to accommodate the much needed in-season tests while also taking into account the increased costs of running cars for eight extra days per year, the proposal discussed by the Sporting Working Group sees a reduction in the filming days and straight-line aero tests the teams are currently permitted to do. The official Young Driver Test is no more, as it is presumed that teams will run test and development drivers during in-season tests unless there are specific issues for the race drivers to feed back on. Wind tunnel hours will drop from the currently permitted 40 hours per week to 30 hours, again as a means of balancing out the costs of reintroducing in-season tests. In addition to a return to in-season testing, the Sporting Working Group discussed the 2014 calendar, which is expected to start in Bahrain following a warm-weather pre -season test giving teams the chance to test out next year’s rubber in representative climatic conditions. While the calendar is still under discussion, it is rumoured that Bahrain will be a standalone race, followed by Australia- Malaysia back-to -back. India is reported to be moving to a springtime slot that will see it back-to-back with China, while New Jersey and Sochi will be entering the fray, with the latter event possibly shoving Korea off the calendar. 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: