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FIA Bans Filming Day Testing

The FIA are set to ban the testing of new parts on in season filming days, it was revealed this evening.

Teams had been using a legal loophole to use so called ‘filming and promotional’ days to test new parts.  However following complaints from various teams, there has been a change in the regulations which means that the only parts that may be used on the filming cars are ones which have been raced.

Concerns were raised within FOTA after both Mercedes Benz and Ferrari tested new parts during film days.

FOTA and McLaren principal Martin Whitmarsh told Autosport Magazine:

“I personally did not feel there was any ambiguity, but others argued that there was,” he said. “But that is pressure, and when people are under pressure they try and take a different view.

“It is now clear that, if you are doing a demo run, then you must use components that have been raced before – and it has to be a legitimate demo run.”

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