Williams urges "controlled" in-season testing
27 June 2013 – Williams has backed the proposed return of in-season testing next year, but says it must be carefully controlled in order to accommodate teams with smaller budgets.
In 2014, four two-day gatherings are expected to take place following European races, a plan Williams Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams largely supports, providing the number does not significantly increase and thus cause undue financial concerns.
"We’re not opposed to it coming back, but it has to be in a controlled way," Williams explained during the latest FOTA Fans' forum in London. "We’re an independent team, and we don’t have the budget of teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes.
"A moderated amount of test days during the season would be beneficial. We would welcome some opportunities to take our car around a track and improve it."
To compensate for the extra track time, filming, aero and rookie test days are set to be scrapped, but plans need to be cleared by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).