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FIA scupper Red Bull and Ferrari testing plans

Feb.28 (PVM) The FIA have scuppered plans by Ferrari and Red Bull to start, run and finish their final testing programme, in Barcelona, a day later than their rivals.

Both teams had previously announced that they intended to run from Friday to Monday, as opposed to Thursday to Sunday as scheduled. However a communique, late on Monday, from the governing body prohibited them from doing so.

Red Bull released their Barcelona schedule:

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  • Thu, 1 March: Mark Webber
  • Fri, 2 March: Sebastian Vettel
  • Sat, 3 March: Mark Webber
  • Sun, 4 March: Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari released a brief statement on their website:
“A further change of plan for the final test session prior to departure for Australia. Based on a new clarification of Article 22.4 of the Sporting Regulations, which was sent to the teams late yesterday evening, it is no longer possible to run on Monday 5 March: as a result, the test schedule for Scuderia Ferrari and the other teams that had originally decided to follow this option now reverts to that of the majority, running from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 4 March. The order in which our drivers will be working remains unchanged: Felipe Massa will be at the wheel of the F2012 on Thursday and Saturday, with Fernando Alonso driving on Friday and Sunday. ”

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