Teams agree to 30-day test limit

Team bosses met this week to discuss various matters and it was agreed to cut in-season testing to 30 days, all bar Ferrari. Whether this deal will hold up is yet to be seen but the Scuderia seems intent on following its own plans. Teams will be...

Team bosses met this week to discuss various matters and it was agreed to cut in-season testing to 30 days, all bar Ferrari. Whether this deal will hold up is yet to be seen but the Scuderia seems intent on following its own plans. Teams will be limited to testing at one circuit with two cars, a situation that is at odds with Ferrari's usual habits of working at two circuits simultaneously.

"I don't think it's surprising," said Minardi boss Paul Stoddart of the Maranello squad not signing. "We've had enough time to know that Ferrari don't favour this sort of agreement."

The teams have decided to hold back on signing the new Concorde Agreement, which Ferrari already signed last week. They also asked for a meeting with the FIA, scheduled for Friday, to be postponed but an FIA spokesman said that meeting would go ahead as planned.

The teams want to wait until the first few races of the season are over before discussing any further changes to technical regulations. These changes include proposals for a single tyre supplier, drastically cutting aerodynamic levels and eliminating telemetry and spare cars.

"It is critical that the fundamental values of Formula One are preserved to safeguard its long-term stability and success as the pinnacle of world motor sport," they said in a letter to FIA president Max Mosley. "Cost-cutting proposals should be evaluated in the wider context of the sport's appeal to its fans."

"We anticipate that we will be in a position to bring our collective proposals to the FIA by mid-season, allowing sufficient time to consult all parties and reach an appropriate conclusion by the end of the year."

According to the FIA, four teams -- Ferrari, BAR, Williams and Renault -- have already submitted their own proposals in regard to regulation changes and cost cutting but the sport's governing body wants to hear from other teams as well.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Minardi