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F1 | Team bosses and drivers hopeful of more pre-season running in 2022

Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin’s team boss Franz Tost and Otmar Szafnauer have expressed their desire to see more pre-season testing for 2022, as they praised the sport's decision to move testing to Bahrain for 2021.

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F1 | Team bosses and drivers hopeful of more pre-season running in 2022
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Formula 1's team bosses have urged the sport's authorities to increase the amount of running, teams are allowed for pre-season testing, citing the need to get to know the new breed of Formula 1 cars expected to arrive in 2022.

The sport radically changed the way it conducted pre-season testing from two weeks in Barcelona to three days in Bahrain which was designed to cut costs and to guarantee that the team's equipment would be shipped to the same venue where the opening round of the season would be taking place.

However, with the new regulations set to arrive for next year, team bosses such as Alpha auri's Tost believes that the teams will need more testing time with the latest cars in order to understand how they work whilst also cutting costs.

"During the season, we will sit together and then we will decide. Next year we have a new car, and therefore I don’t think that three test days will be enough."

"But we have to find a good balance between the number of days and the costs because 2022 will not become quite a cheap year. We have to take everything into consideration."

Aston Martin’s Szafnauer agreed with Tost that the teams would need more time on track with the new cars whilst also arguing that an appropriate venue for next year's pre-season testing needs to be decided at a later date.

"Like Franz says, we’re going to have an entirely new car next year, and that should go into considering where and for how long we test next year, I think three days was appropriate for this year with what happened in 2020, the pandemic, and reducing the amount of development in the car."

"The weather is hard to predict during testing; on Friday, we had the sandstorm in the afternoon, which wasn’t ideal, but as Franz says, you go to Barcelona, and it could have been wet and cold, so I think we finish off here and then decide what’s most appropriate for next year at a later time."

Williams driver George Russell weighed in on the testing discussion with the Brit stating that the teams will probably need six days worth of testing next year but argued that F1 could once again return to three days if the regulations remain the same for a number of years.

"I think more testing benefits everybody and it's a disadvantage to everybody as well with having less testing, I think in the case of next year we have such an extreme change to the regulations, and it is important to have, I think at least six days under our belt for the teams. But then moving forward, if the regulations are stable as they have been over the past three or four years, I think, three days, four days as we're doing at the moment is probably a good number."


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