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No fourth day for Silverstone young driver test 09 Jul 2013

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Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has confirmed that the upcoming young driver test at Silverstone will not be extended in to a fourth day and will instead remain a three-day session beginning July 17.

Following the tyre failures in the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, the FIA decided to make changes to the Silverstone test, permitting race drivers to take part, provided that their running is limited to testing Pirelli’s revised tyres.

There had been discussions about extending the test to a fourth day to allow for extra tyre running, but the FIA has decided to keep to the original dates.

Pirelli will be providing teams with extra sets of their revised tyres, which are the 2012-specification construction combined with the 2013 soft, medium and hard compounds. However, teams have been reminded that any set-up changes that are made to cars when a race driver is at the wheel must be related to tyre testing, not to improve the car.

Mercedes are the only team that will not have the opportunity to test the revised tyres. The Brackley-based squad were excluded from attending the Silverstone session for breaching F1 regulations by taking part in a private 1000-kilometre tyre test with Pirelli following the Spanish Grand Prix.

The FIA’s statement in full:
The FIA today informed Formula One’s teams of the conditions that will apply at the Young Driver Training Test scheduled to take place at Silverstone as of July 17.

The announcement follows a meeting of F1’s Sporting Committee on Wednesday, July 3 at the Nurburgring, prior the German Grand Prix.

The conditions set out are in accordance with Article 22.4(h)(i) of the F1 Sporting Regulations, as recently amended by the World Motor Sport Council, and are as follows:

The Young Driver Training Test will remain a three-day test, from July 17-19.

Only the 2012 construction will be used for the test but with the hard, medium and soft 2013 compounds.

The test will now allow teams to field drivers who have competed in more than two F1 World Championship events provided that the purpose of them doing this is to test tyres for Pirelli.

In order to meet this requirement, all teams shall ensure that any changes made to a car at these times are exclusively related to the tyre tests set out in the run plan provided by Pirelli.

An FIA observer will be appointed to ensure the regulations are being followed.

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