Tost wants to test new tyres on Fridays
24 May 2013 – Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says the field should be using the opening practice session of Grand Prix weekends to test new tyres, with chiefs still debating the way in which sole supplier Pirelli is planning to implement its upcoming changes.
With the first half hour of FP1 playing host to little action so far this season, as drivers save their single harder compound allocation, Tost reckons two issues could be fixed at once by keeping the track busy and allowing Pirelli to gather data for future tyres.
"We should use Friday morning, the first session or the first half-hour for testing new tyres - not sitting around, doing nothing," said Tost. "People are in the grandstands and no cars are out there. We could just use this - it was half an hour or 35 minutes [on Friday] as usual - to test new tyres. This is what I have suggested for two years."
Force India’s Bob Fernley agreed with Tost, but believes the teams could take it a step further by allowing young drivers the chance to gather experience at the same time.
"I think Franz's idea's got a certain amount of merit," said Fernley. "I'd love to endorse that with the element of having young drivers in there, just so that it ticks two boxes."
He added, however, that rig and virtual testing has become the norm, explaining: "I think that Pirelli have a great deal of resource, as we all do outside of track testing. Even with the incidents that we've had with delaminations, a lot of it can be done on rigs and everything else. I think that's where most of it will be done in the long-term."
Pirelli is introducing more durable compounds for the Canadian Grand Prix onwards, with a number of teams expressing safety concerns after a series of tyre failures.