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Should Formula One Have More Testing?

During the Turkish Grand Prix weekend, FIA President Jean Todt suggested the in—season testing ban should be relaxed. Some misinterpreted his words as meaning there may be a return to unlimited testing. This won’t happen because the cost of pounding around lap after lap is far too high. Traditionally, testing was all about developing the car. Formula One teams constantly produce updated components and testing was an opportunity to thoroughly understand the impact these new pieces had on the overall performance of the car before they were risked in a competitive environment. This aspect of testing has been shifted to race weekends. It is now quite normal to see teams running on a Friday with numerous updated components and flo&nd...

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