South Africa loses testing dates, gains TV coverage

The FIA has passed a ruling that has banned teams from testing outside Europe prior to the start of the 2002 season at Melbourne in March. Testing was scheduled at Kyalami in South Africa for February with Williams and BAR due to be there, but...

The FIA has passed a ruling that has banned teams from testing outside Europe prior to the start of the 2002 season at Melbourne in March.

Testing was scheduled at Kyalami in South Africa for February with Williams and BAR due to be there, but this has now been cancelled. This is bad news for South African fans, approximately 100,000 of whom attended testing in 2000. Williams have been regulars at Kyalami since 1989 and were joined by BAR last year. The Midrand circuit is away from the media circus that follows F1 and allowed teams to test in relative peace.

There is some good news however, after earlier fears that television rights would not be renewed the SABC has announced that it has secured the rights for the next three years so both qualifying and the races will be shown live.

-Motorsport.com

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