Martin Whitmarsh gives backing to return of in-season testing and penalty points for drivers
Four two-day tests will be held in Europe next year
By William Esler. Last Updated: 30/06/13 7:25pm
F1 brings in driver penalty points
Martin Whitmarsh believes the introduction of four in-season tests in 2014 will be a good thing for Formula 1 and young drivers.
The FIA confirmed on Friday that four two-day tests following certain European races will replace the three-day Young Driver Test and eight filming days the teams are currently allowed.
"The introduction of four in-season tests next year will not sit comfortably with some people who don't want more testing, but given that it replaces some other rather strenuous testing that will probably be a beneficial thing as it is arranged in Europe at circuits after we have raced there," Whitmarsh said in the Team Principals' Press Conference.
"So I think it is fairly sensible proposal on testing and certainly it will be good for young drivers and good for people that want to develop young drivers."
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The governing body also announced a penalty points system, similar to that used on UK roads, will be introduced with drivers who pick up 12 points receiving a one race ban.
"In terms of the points, it has been discussed for a long time - it is clear, written down," Whitmarsh added.
"Potentially though, you could get into a situation as a team with a driver that is close to be prohibited which could be uncomfortable and we will have to see how that develops.
"The other is further restrictions on aerodynamic developments - both in the wind tunnel and CFD - and I think that is prudent and sensible and something we have to do to try and build a more sustainable business model across the entire grid.
"So I think there is no great surprises and most of them are pretty sensible and the right thing for the sport."