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Test Day Reduction Discussed

A plan to reduce in-season testing to just one day next season is being discussed…

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Formula E testing could be restricted to just one in-season day of on-track running next season.

E-racing365 understands that a plan to cut the in-season testing from the present three-day allocation to just the rookie test in Marrakesh is being discussed by teams and organizers.

This season teams have been able to test at Ad Diriyah, Marrakesh and Mexico City in addition to the 15 available days of running for manufacturers.

This is now likely to be reduced and follow a similar pattern of in-season track time that was allowed in Seasons Three and Four.

The 2015-16 season saw a single in-season day of testing at Punta del Este, while the 2016-17 campaign saw no testing other than pre-season running at Donington Park.

The fourth season (2017-18) of the all-electric championship had only the rookie test at Marrakesh.

The reasoning for the possible reduction ties in with previous seasons after rules sets have matured, although it is expected that non-manufacturer teams in the championship could try and resist the plans.

Envision Virgin Racing and HWA Racelab are the only two current customer teams with both being unable to test prior to the official pre-season event at Valencia.

However, customers can negotiate track time in a manufacturer’s development car as both Envision Virgin and HWA did last year with Audi and Venturi.

The Ad Diriyah test which took place last December is unlikely to be repeated as Formula E looks to host a season-opening double header at the Saudi Arabian venue in December.

Another consideration in to the possible reduction comes because teams find the immediate testing the day after an E-Prix operationally difficult.

Tests typically start at 9 a.m. following a race day with personnel often working through the night to get the cars ready for tests.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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