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It is purely wasting money for selfish interests – Boullier

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Heavy snowfall hit the third day of 2018 F1 testing, running has yet to start on Wednesday, no cars on track while the medical helicopter remained grounded in near-freezing temperatures.

The first of two pre-season tests are due to end on Thursday, with the second at the Circuit de Catalunya next week. The season starts in Australia on March 25. Teams have discussed adding a day on to the second test but have yet to decide.

But with rare unanimity required for the rescheduling of the test, it seems that at least two teams objected.

One of them was Williams, who had booked the Barcelona circuit for Friday for filming purposes.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is mostly frustrated and feels now is the time for rescheduled for later in the week and suggests pre-season testing should move to Bahrain in future.

“The current governance, testing is organized and suggested by the teams and handled by the FIA,” Boullier told Sky Sports.

“To change testing dates, we would have required unanimity by the teams to be in agreement to change the dates. It appears two teams did not want to change the dates yesterday.

“It’s obviously wasted money,” he continued.

“We tried to save costs and only go for eight days of testing. We need these eight days to offer a decent show on track from race one and covering reliability issues and other things we need to cover.

“We spend the money to be here and the track is booked for two weeks anyway so we had the possibility to move this day to another one later – we know the forecast is better on Sunday – so it is purely wasting money for selfish interests.

“On the other hand, it is true you can never guess the weather months before – going to Bahrain is obviously guaranteed to have good weather and was suggested again months ago. For economic reasons it has been rejected by some team’s but I think we need to seriously consider going back to Bahrain. It is on our way to Australia so logistically there is maybe some mechanisms we could use all together to save money to compensate the travel.

“We will try to run the car, even if it is in heavy wet conditions. It is still snowing so the helicopter is not here and there is no medical service and security so we are not allowed to go out of the garage.”

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