The FIA could sign off on a return to in-season testing next year

The Formula 1 teams look set to be granted up to four in-season test sessions next year.

The majority of team bosses are believed to have verbally agreed to the proposal raised in an extraordinary meeting of the Sporting Working Committee ahead of today’s Canadian Grand Prix.

According to sources, up to four two-day test sessions will be scheduled in the days following a selection of the European Grands Prix, although the exact venues are yet to be determined.

The plan will ultimately require sign-off from the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council when it meets next month.

It would mitigate the issues faced this year, following Mercedes’ secret Pirelli tyre test after the Spanish Grand Prix, for which the team will be investigated and possibly sanctioned by the FIA’s International Tribunal.

The FIA has banned in-season testing for a number of years as a cost-cutting measure, however, many have criticised the rule of late, claiming it stalls in-season development of cars, on top of not allowing up-and-coming drivers the chance to showcase their skills to potential employers.

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