> Williams, McLaren and Benetton at Barcelona.
The Portuguese Autosport wrote this weeks that Williams will test at
the Paul Ricard (3rd week of December). The same was also written by
Auto-Hebdo who received the info from the Ricard adminstration (they
publish the calendar of testing and other events at the circuit. BTW,
the test of the Le Mans (?) Williams-BWM is also already scheduled
Benetton will shakedown the B198 in Silverstone just before Christmas.
Don't get e***d, because that test will be behind close doors.
> Signs aren't good for a Kyalami test - McLaren and Jordan look set to
> veto it as they don't think they'll be ready enough to justify all that
According to the Pt. Autosport that test will not happen. It was not
possible to find a date acceptable for all the teams. In January some
teams would not be ready. In February it would prevent the last minute
tests before the season start.
You will have noticed that no one plans to test at Estoril. At this
moment the track is destroyed. The works to "improve" it (meaning,
removing all the fast curves), were started but the way in which the
financing was done was simply illegal (so said the court which is in
charge of approving all government spending). So the contractors were
not paid and they haven't really worked for some time (although there
were some activity there). So at this point there are part of the
tracks not surfaced, etc...
Another problem is that the Minister who made the deal with Mosley
has left the government this weekend. His successor might well decide
that it is not worth the expense (about $9 million already spent (but
not paid) and another $9 million to rebuild boxes, etc...). If that
happens the consequences will be:
- Portugal loses the GP
- somebody will have to pay those $9 million (the contractors did the
work) and I strongly suspect it will be the tax payers.
- Portugal loses one of the only 2 permanent circuits we have.
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