It would seem that cooler heads have prevailed – for now – with word coming through from Austria that the absurdly stupid proposal to reduce on-track free practice running next year has been shelved.
According to reports in the German press, an extraordinary meeting of the Formula 1 Commission – made up of all the teams, race promoters, the FIA and Formula One Management – in London saw nearly all of the cost-saving proposals put forward being rejected.
While that hardly gives any confidence that the sport’s major players can agree to anything – let alone getting their spending under control – the outcome was that the idea of a single Friday practice session was dismissed.
The Commission has apparently agreed, however, to restrict next year’s 12 days of pre-season testing to being staged in Europe – in contrast to the eight costlier days’ running in Bahrain – while slashing the number of in-season test days from eight to four.
For 2016, it is expected that pre-season testing will be cut from twelve days to eight, while in-season testing will be scrapped entirely.
In other news, the proposal of banning tyre warming blankets next year has also been shelved, with F1 tyre supplier Pirelli instead opting to direct more cash towards the teams by ensuring it has exclusive branding rights on the blankets next year.
Image via XPB Images