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Sep 09

New drivers to get in-season test in 2010

A one-day test for the replacement will be excluded from the total ban

F1’s testing agreement will be slightly modified for 2010 so that new or returning drivers can get some experience of their cars prior to racing.

According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, if a team wants or needs to alter its race line-up during the 2010 season, a one-day test for the replacement will be excluded from the total ban on proper in-season circuit testing.

Drivers eligible for the measure this year would have been Michael Schumacher, Luca Badoer, Vitantonio Liuzzi and rookies Jaime Alguersuari and Romain Grosjean.

To prevent abuse of the measure, in situations like that of Schumacher – who ultimately did not return to race – his test day would have been deleted from Ferrari’s allocation of testing for the subsequent season.

source: GMM