F1

Todt to propose Friday practice for testers only

Global Motorsport Media

Jean Todt will propose a radical tweak to the Formula One race weekend format for 2012.

Finland's Turun Sanomat said the FIA president wants the change to benefit test and reserve drivers - particularly up-and-coming ones - amid the sport's current clampdown on in-season testing.

Jean Todt, FIA president
Jean Todt, FIA president

Photo by: xpb.cc

Todt's proposal will be in addition to one in-season test to take place in 2012, with the teams said to have agreed to run a multi-day programme at Mugello before the start of the European season in May.

And Todt's plan is to revise the current format of Friday's free practice schedule in order to include mandatory running for test drivers.

The Frenchman wants the current three hours of practice to be split next year into three 60-minute sessions, with the opening morning session dedicated to test drivers.

Rumours about teams' likely morning lineups for 2012 is already emerging, with McLaren considering Gary Paffett and Ferrari likely to run Jules Bianchi.

Meanwhile, Italiaracing reports that Mercedes will use 22-year-old German Christian Vietoris, who drives for the German marque in DTM.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Tags bianchi, fia, paffett, todt, vietoris

User photos

sleboz
F1

sleboz

4 photos
EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

45 photos
Josefine Lißner
F1

Josefine Lißner

1 photos
hanmerdesign
F1

hanmerdesign

9 photos
Evan_DeCiren
F1

Evan_DeCiren

30 photos
colfox72
F1

colfox72

1 photos
gillfoto
F1

gillfoto

1 photos
akazoinho
F1

akazoinho

4 photos
Upload photo