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Luca di Montezemolo
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has labelled the reliance on F1 simulators "a joke."
Due to the fact there is a strict in-season testing ban, next season’s new engine and aerodynamic regulations mean teams are increasingly reliant on simulators in their factories to get drivers up to speed with the changes.
Speaking at a media lunch at Ferrari’s Fiorano base, Di Montezemolo said there is no substitute for driving in real conditions, even if it is not in an F1 car.
It is a joke. We have been forced to invest a huge amount of money in these terrible machines, artificial, instead of testing here [at Fiorano] and Mugello. If somebody has no money to do tests, it is better to race in GP2, in go karts or go and play basketball. I want to do testing to first of all give new drivers the possibility to drive cars and get experience.
Di Montezemolo added that more in-season testing would also benefit the F1 fans and sponsors during the quieter times between races.
But I also want to give more opportunities to the public because from one race weekend to another it is silent in F1. There is nothing, nothing. Testing is also a good opportunity for the sponsors, to call the public. And tests are less expensive than building and developing every month the terrible simulator. This is something we have to discuss for the future.