Formula One team bosses are concerned that because a new tyres supplier still hasn’t been agreed, there won’t be adequate time for testing before the start of the 2011 season.
Although it appears to be a two horse race between tyres giants Pirelli and Michelin, the teams are worried the current testing allowance won’t give them the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on how the tyres operate.
However, a return to more testing could be seen to favour the richer, more established teams.
Mercedes’ Ross Brawn believes that the testing rules are broadly correct at present, but suggested a temporary extension of the testing allowance to cover the change of tyres.
Brawn said: “The economy is very delicate at the moment and we need to be careful to take a view for all the teams in Formula 1.
“Clearly we need to have some specific testing to make sure the tyres are sorted properly. We need to manage that.
“I think on the subject of testing overall we mustn’t go back to having separate test teams.
“If there is any testing introduced it has to be integrated in a way that we don’t need extra personnel to do it.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team