Teams agree on testing limit

All 11 teams in this year's championship have agreed to a limit on in-season testing, thought to be 36 days. Last year Ferrari was the stand-alone team that did not agree to curtail testing but for 2006 the Scuderia has joined forces with the rest...

All 11 teams in this year's championship have agreed to a limit on in-season testing, thought to be 36 days. Last year Ferrari was the stand-alone team that did not agree to curtail testing but for 2006 the Scuderia has joined forces with the rest in the voluntary agreement.

"I got the document which was signed by the 11 team principals so we can say that an agreement has been made regarding testing for '06," said Ferrari team principal Jean Todt at Friday's FIA press conference in Bahrain. "I think 36 days during the season."

The teams will be permitted to nominate a "home" circuit where they can test for a full day but have it count as only half a day of the 36 allowed. Ferrari has its own development track at Fiorano and previously refused to sign any agreement that prevented them utilising it.

Popular circuits for testing and those where Grands Prix are held cannot be nominated as a home track. Straight line testing, such as at Vairano, is not included in the 36 day limit but is restricted to 12 days. The number of kilometres covered in testing overall is also limited.

Last season Ferrari was the only front running team on Bridgestone tyres and decided to go it alone with its own test schedule. For 2006 Toyota and Williams are also Bridgestone partners and Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn said that had improved the situation.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , Williams