Whiting refuses to allow more practice starts
23 August 2013 – FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting will not allow extra practice starts to be made during Friday practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, despite calls from various drivers.
The requests were made during the drivers' meeting on Thursday, with queries over the effect of drainage channels that have been cut along the opening 11 grid slots.
As rain is currently predicted for the final two days of the event, selected drivers were keen for the changes to be tested first-hand. But Whiting is unwilling to amend the regulations, which limit the completion of practice starts to the end of the pit lane.
Opening practice at Spa-Francorchamps begins at 10am local time (GMT +2).