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I am totally against F1 2016 in-season testing – Tost

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I am totally against F1 2016 in-season testing - Tost

I am totally against F1 2016 in-season testing – Tost

Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says during the US Friday press conference that F1 will be “increase the cost” if it agrees the re-emergence of extensive in-season testing in 2016.

Question from media: – it appears as though Pirelli will get the contract from 2017 going forwards and they believe that one of the points that they insist upon was that there is some form of testing, both for the 2017 cars and beyond.

How do you feel about a possible return to testing?

Tost said, “We will increase the costs dramatically. Personally I am totally against this testing.”

“We have some testing sessions at the beginning of the season and this should be enough. We have 20 races and if you look at the calendar, if you want to do some tests in between, you need to build up a test team which means we have to bring in another ten, fifteen mechanics, another five to seven engineers and at the end of the year, we have spent around ten million more and I’m just asking whether this is necessary.”

“Absolutely not. I can give you the answer, because we have seen now the last years that without testing we can also achieve our goals. It’s just wasting money.

McLaren racing director Éric Boullier and Force India team principal Vijay Mallya agree with Franz’ observation.

Éric Boullier: Well it’s true that it’s going to bring the costs up. This is not something that we’re obviously in favour of. We also need to understand that Pirelli maybe needs some track experience so all in one I guess if they can cover the cost or most of the cost of it so we can maybe find some agreement in the middle or in between, not having to necessarily bring back testing like in the old days but maybe a few days.

Vijay Mallya: I agree with what Franz said. I think it will be unnecessary and a huge increase in cost and we’re only talking about cost control which also has not been implemented in spirit but now to go back to the old testing days will only once again drive costs out of control.

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