'Formula 1 scraps reduced practice plan'

'Formula 1 scraps reduced practice plan'

19 June 2014 – Formula 1 has reportedly scrapped plans to reduce its practice programme from the 2015 season.

According to German publication Auto Motor und Sport, nearly all cost-saving proposals were abandoned during the latest meeting of the Formula 1 Commission, staged at Biggin Hill, South East London, on Wednesday.

A reduced Grand Prix weekend was first suggested earlier this month, with the basic idea to push Thursday's traditional media activities over to Friday mornings and hold just one 90-minute session late in the afternoon.

But the commission, which comprises teams, race promoters, the FIA and FOM, has allegedly opted against it.

In a separate development, Formula 1's proposed tyre warmer ban is also said to have been scrapped. Sole supplier Pirelli is also set to put its logo on the blankets next season, boosting the teams' sponsorship income.

The only movement for the 2015 campaign comes in the form of pre-season testing, with all 12 days of running due to take place on European soil. During the season, there will be four instead of eight pre-season test days.

For 2016, it is expected to be cut further, with just eight pre-season test days and no in-season testing.

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