Date: 19th July 2011 at 10:18am
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Could Formula One see a return to in season testing as soon as 2012?

FIA president Jean Todt would like to change the regulations to allow teams more track testing time which under the current regulations was banned in a bid to cut costs.

The money spent by teams on track testing was huge and some fear that if in season testing was to return, then teams expenditure would rapidly increase again.

One suggestion that has been made is to add a further ‘Young Drivers Test’ to the calendar.

Currently because rookies can gain no experience in Formula One other than Friday practice sessions, the teams run a ‘Young Drivers Test’ at the end of the year to give new drivers a feel for the cars.

‘That is being reviewed in the sporting working group right now and we had a meeting at Silverstone about it. There has not been a vote yet. All they have done is put a few ideas out there about what you could potentially do, which might involve doing an extra young drivers’ test during the season. Williams technical director Sam Michael told Autosport Magazine.

‘It’s just being discussed. There’s not been any agreement or votes or anything. Now it’s been discussed the teams will go away, discuss it internally and think about it. We haven’t done anything more than that.’ He concluded.

It is believed that the teams would favour a return to limited track testing during the season, but obviously in Formula One, even if everyone is in agreement, politics and arguments over how much time should be given will drag the process out until a decision will officially be reached.