McLaren wary of mid-season test pressures
9 May 2013 – McLaren has expressed concerns over the potential impact of reintroducing a mid-season test in the future, with Managing Director Jonathan Neale arguing that it would apply "a lot of pressure" on teams and their staff members.
Last September the decision was taken not to hold such a test this year, as the costs would outweigh the benefits. But ahead of the regulation overhaul in 2014, which includes the arrival of turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 units, the idea is still being discussed.
"I think we have to be very cautious about the reintroduction of track testing, if we decide to go that route," Neale explained during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "It will put a lot of pressure on that particular sector of the business.
"To run in-season tests at nine or 12 days will probably mean the reinstatement of a test team, and that is against everything we've been doing to try to manage costs in Formula 1. I am very cautious and I think [Mercedes team boss] Ross Brawn has said some very sensible things about taking care of those who travel to every race."
A mid-season test was staged at the Mugello circuit, Northern Italy, last year.