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Formula 1 to extend Friday first free practice in 2014

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merc-hami-monz-2013-31-886x590Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport claims that Formula 1 planning to extend Friday first free practice on a Friday in 2014, and its help drivers to test various tyre compound. FP1 could be extended from 90 to 120 minutes next year.

Auto Motor und Sport claims that the suggestion authored by team bosses and F1 race director Charlie Whiting will be put to the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.

Recently Force India deputy team Principal Bob Fernley says that extend Friday first free practice is good compromise for everybody.

“It’s a good compromise for everybody, because teams can choose which way they want to go with it and we are not forcing anybody down a route,” Fernley told Autosport.

“Our view was that it should be for a young driver to do that first 30-minute stint before handing the tyres back but other teams didn’t feel it would benefit them.

“This rule gives them a free choice, so if for example Ferrari doesn’t want to put a reserve in, they can run their primary drivers, if Marussia wants to put a young driver into both parts of P1, they can and if like Force India, you want to do a mixture, you can do that as well.”

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