Next year will see the Formula 1 teams perform three pre-season tests only, while hopes of another in-season outing – as was done this year at Mugello – are now scrapped as concerns over cost containment begin to mount.
The 2012 season saw three – instead of the usual four – pre-season tests in Spain, with a further in-season test at Mugello.
But a meeting of F1’s technical chiefs has seen all parties agree to just three pre-season tests for the 2013 season, acknowledging that a fourth week of running is not necessary.
The 2013 season is set to kick off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 – subject to final sign-off from the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council later this year – the teams will make the traditional trip to Spain to test their new challengers.
The first four-test is pencilled in at Jerez starting on February 5, followed by separate tests at Barcelona from February 19-22 and February 28 to March 3.
If the start of the 2013 season is brought forward – considered an unlikely prospect – then the scheduling of the test sessions will need to be reconsidered.