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Are F1 Testing Restrictions Actually Hurting the Development of Young Drivers?

As part of its ongoing (and largely ineffective) attempts to cut costs in Formula One, the FIA is imposing further restrictions on testing for the 2015 season. According to the regulations published by F1's governing body, there will be three preseason tests and two during the season; down from a total of eight in 2014. One of the arguments that has been made against increased testing restrictions is that it hurts young drivers' development. And while that makes sense—less time in the car means less development—the evidence does not necessarily support that assertion. In 2014 and 2015, two of the youngest drivers in F1 history will make their grand prix debuts: Daniil Kvyat in 2014 and Max Verstappen this year, both of whom are ...

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