Motorsports chiefs want less F1 tests

26th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 February 2004, MUNICH - Testing in the sport of Formula One needs to be cut down for financial reasons, the motorsport chiefs of Mercedes and BMW, Norbert Haug and Mario Theissen, said. "The winter tests are a huge money factor," said Haug at a motorsport meeting organised by Pay-TV network Premiere. Mercedes have carried out some 14,000 kilometres of testing ahead of the season which starts on 7 March while BMW have clocked up 20,000kms. One reason is the need for extensive tests with the tyre manufact

26 February 2004

MUNICH - Testing in the sport of Formula One needs to be cut down for financial reasons, the motorsport chiefs of Mercedes and BMW, Norbert Haug and Mario Theissen, said.

"The winter tests are a huge money factor," said Haug at a motorsport meeting organised by Pay-TV network Premiere.

Mercedes have carried out some 14,000 kilometres of testing ahead of the season which starts on 7 March while BMW have clocked up 20,000kms. One reason is the need for extensive tests with the tyre manufacturers.

"We have tested three times as much as we drive during the season. This is not ideal," said Haug.

"It is our idea to find a solution that makes sense," said Haug, who suggested a meeting of all teams to discuss the matter.

Theissen said: "There should be a limit. There is also the option to stage an additional one or two races instead of wasting resources away from the public eye."

 

DPA
Subject: German news

 

 

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