Lotus F1 team Principal Eric Boullier says that he is disappointed with Formula 1 young drivers test schedule in July at Silverstone and he calling it is absolutely a nonsense plans.
“It’s a bit disappointing, to be honest,” Boullier told Autosport. “I am a supporter of young drivers, and for me Abu Dhabi [in November] was the perfect scenario.
“The young kids finish the season, and you can organise this test in a hot, nice place, with nice variety. So I was actually a bit cross with the decision to bring it earlier to Silverstone.
“We had a strong discussion, let’s say, and definitely I was against this, especially for the reasons raised. For me it is absolutely a nonsense to have a young driver test in July when all the young kids are in the middle of the season and focused on racing and the championship. We cannot disturb this. It is completely the wrong timing.
“You also have another issue: bringing this test in the middle of the season you have to consider there will be a different point of view for the team; and as a team it’s another opportunity to develop the car and bring some parts to test.”
“Between choosing to go to Abu Dhabi for young drivers, which is very important for me, and Silverstone, I obviously have to choose what it best for the team and that is Silverstone. But actually I would like it to rain, so we will go back to the original schedule – which for me is the normal one.”
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