Formula 1’s first 2014 pre-season test in January is set to be moved back a week to give teams more preparation time for their new cars.
The first test, which will take place in Spain, had originally been due to take place in the week commencing Jan. 20. However, following discussions at a team managers’ meeting in Hungary on Sunday, it has been decided that this first test will now take place a week later.
The teams also agreed that there will be two Middle East tests before the first race, but no agreement was reached on whether these would take place in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain or Dubai.
Although Dubai remains the clear favorite to secure the tests, there is believed to be some skepticism about its value for testing both tires and engines. Further discussions about which venue to choose will now likely be delayed until after the summer break, with teams preparing for the imminent factory shutdowns.