FIA stops McLaren’s planned Pirelli test in Austin

Formula One World Championship

It has emerged ahead of the Korean GP weekend that the FIA has scuppered McLaren‘s plans to test Pirelli tyres with a 2011 car at the United States Grand Prix venue in Austin.

Auto Motor und Sport said that the British team and Formula 1’s tyre supplier planned to do the 1000 km test in mid October, but did not get the green light from the FIA.

The report said the FIA baulked because the test, which would have been funded by Pirelli, would have taken place mere weeks ahead of the Grand Prix at the very same venue in Texas, USA.

“The competition, including McLaren rival Force India, had complained,” wrote correspondent Michael Schmidt.”Now, Pirelli and McLaren will have to find another track to test the new-generation tyres.” (GMM.)

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