JANUARY 27, 1997
Testing rule changes ahead
THE Formula 1 teams have been circulating a document in recent days in an effort to have the stringent new testing regulations eased a little to allow them to test at four circuits (Barcelona, Magny-Cours, Silverstone and Monza) rather than at the one which they had to nominate.
Until the start of the F1 season teams can test at any of the European circuits used for a Grand Prix in 1996, as long as there is an FIA inspector present. In addition the FIA has given clearance for tests at four non-Grand Prix venues: Jerez, Mugello, Fiorano and Santa Pod. Once again an FIA official must be present.
The only testing which will be allowed the week before a Grand Prix is a 50km shakedown run at an approved track.