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In the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix many drivers are off in exotic foreign climes preparing for the next event in Australia, while some less fortunate returned to cold and damp Europe for testing duties. McLaren began at Paul Ricard in...

In the wake of the Malaysian Grand Prix many drivers are off in exotic foreign climes preparing for the next event in Australia, while some less fortunate returned to cold and damp Europe for testing duties.

McLaren began at Paul Ricard in France on Tuesday with test drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett, while Renault, Toyota and BMW are scheduled to join the Woking squad today. Honda, meanwhile, is working at Vallelunga and Ferrari is expected at Fiorano.

Meanwhile, the World Motor Sport Council is meeting in Paris today (Wednesday 22nd), where FIA president Max Mosley is reportedly going to propose a 'freeze' on engine technology from 2008 for three years in order to cut costs.

The idea is likely to be approved by the Council but won't go down well with some of F1's manufacturers, who are against it. It also puts pressure on the manufacturers' to sign up to the new Concorde Agreement as Mosley wants the 2008 regulations finalised by June this year.

Talking of regulations, it seems it was not only Ferrari's wings that were under scrutiny in Malaysia. The front wing was deemed by eight other teams to not quite conform to the rules and they requested Ferrari change it for Melbourne.

An FIA spokesperson said there were questions regarding several teams' aero appendages and subsequently McLaren and BMW have also made "minor" changes to wing configurations, although neither was found to be outside the rules.

There perpetually seems to be a circuit in danger of being dropped from the calendar and allegedly Bernie Ecclestone has suggested up to three current tracks could be axed to make way for new venues.

"There are two Grands Prix in Italy, two in Germany," Ecclestone is quoted as saying by L'Equipe. "More or less two in France if you consider that Monaco and France are related. I think that three Grands Prix could disappear without any problem."

While driver speculation about next year remains mostly focused on the activities of Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Pablo Montoya is known to be talking to a few teams about his future.

Staying with McLaren is still an option for the Colombian but Red Bull is an increasingly attractive proposition for some drivers and sporting director Christian Horner believes Montoya is not fulfilling his potential.

"I think if somebody were to give him the right environment and get inside his head, he has so much more ability to exploit," Horner said, according to Motorsport News. The idea of Montoya's energy at the manically enthusiastic Red Bull is exhausting to even contemplate.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren