Teams plan extra testing date in 2014 ahead of new engine changes

Formula One News » Teams plan extra testing date in 2014 ahead of new engine changes

As new engine regulations come into force for the 2014 F1 season, teams have asked for an extra testing date ahead of the season so that they can test the new 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged engines.

Speaking to autosport Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director Rob White said “There is what looks like quite a mature proposal to have an additional test session which we are completely in favour of, I don’t know what the format would be or where it would be, but we’re of the assumption that it will be an additional session for all teams and it’s not optional as everyone will want and need it.”

“It’s a debate that has now more or less timed out because the timing now is that the cars will run for the first time in the new year, Let’s take October as an example just to work out what the consequences would be. If you were going to test in October, then you would need to build the engines in September.

“The difficulty is that the pieces necessary to build those engines will have had to be put into manufacture, say, three months before then and because you would want them to be race-intent type pieces, by May we’d needed to have decided exactly what spec they would be.

“Presumably, we would have wanted to gather some experience on the test beds of those pieces before going to the track, so they’d need to exist now or very shortly.

“We’re still designing pieces and some pieces that we’re designing are not yet made. On the current project timing, it’s just not possible to put a representative engine in the car by October.”

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