Winter testing and 2013 season opener dates revealed

10.02.2012 Jerez, Spain - Jarno Trulli (ITA), Caterham CT01 - Formula1 World Championship Pre-Season Testing  - Jerez de la Frontera +++ © Copyright: Stange / RACE-PRESS.comJul.26 (GMM) Formula One teams can already start making plans for next year’s winter testing, beginning February in Spain.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that provisional plans are already being made for the teams to reveal and test their 2013 cars for the first time from February 5 next year.

The date of the first test, set for Jerez, is based on the fact that – according to the Melbourne organiser – Australia is provisionally scheduled to host the 2013 season opener on March 17 “subject to FOM confirmation”.

The teams are therefore already setting dates for the 12 days of pre-season winter testing, which will be divided into three four-day tests.

The German report said the teams have agreed to simply scrap a mid-season test.

AM&S revealed that the teams will after Jerez move to Barcelona in mid-February, and then stay at the Circuit de Catalunya for a third and final test until 3 March.

“There is a contingency plan,” said McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh, “in the event that we race in Melbourne on 10 March.”

In that case, the February testing plans will be moved forward by a week.

That could, however, create a problem for the opening Jerez test, because AM&S says that the Spanish venue is already booked for other activities prior to 5 February.

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