OCTOBER 21, 1996
THE FIA World Council has confirmed its plans to introduce major restrictions for Formula 1 testing in 1997.
Under the new regulations private testing may only be carried out at circuits already approved by the FIA and is prohibited anywhere in the week before a Grand Prix - except for a 50km shakedown run. There will also be a ban on testing between the last event of the year and December 1.
There will be one non-European test organized by Bernie Ecclestone this winter. Initially this was planned to be at PhillipÊIsland but that idea has been thrown out by the teams. Ecclestone is now studying the possibility of a test in Brazil or in South Africa.