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In season testing could return with a bumper 2014 calendar // Eight of the teams agree on test and calendar proposals

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Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, news emerged that the Sporting Working Group had agreed some new details for the 2014 season which will be put to the FIA at the end of this month.

We could be looking at an expanded calendar, as the New Jersey event is scheduled to come on board, plus the brand new race in Russia. Assuming all the current races remain, that would be a 21 event schedule for next season. There are also rumours that Bahrain will move to the season-opener slot, bumping the Australian Grand Prix.

There’s also a return of in-season testing, as the teams would like to reduce promotional and straight line days in favour of remaining at European race destinations after the Grand Prix for a couple of days, and testing there instead. The Young Driver testing that has seen a raft of new faces get a chance behind the wheel of an F1 car for the past few seasons would be dropped.

The agreement came from eight of the existing eleven teams, which was enough of a majority for the proposals to move forward, and now it will be the FIA’s decision to finalise them.