10) TRACK RUNNING TIME OUTSIDE A COMPETITION
10.1 Testing of Current Cars (TCC)
a) Testing of Current Cars (TCC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of a Competition, in which a Competitor entered in the Championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a Competitor or a supplier of a homologated power unit), using cars which were designed and constructed in order to comply with the Technical Regulations of the Championship, or the following year’s Championship. No Competitor may sell or make available any such car of the current year to any third party without the prior authorisation of the FIA.
b) During any TCC, cars must be fitted with the FIA ECU required by Article 8.3 of the Technical Regulations.
c) Red flag and end-of-session procedures must be respected.
d) The fuel handling procedures set out in Article 36 must be respected.
e) No other type of automobile is permitted on the track.
f) Cars being driven by drivers who do not qualify for a Super Licence must be fitted with a green main rear light which must be illuminated at all times the car is on the track.
g) Every reasonable effort should be made to ensure that the recommendations concerning emergency services detailed in Supplement 1 of Appendix H to the Code are followed.
10.2 Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) and Testing of Mule Cars (TMC)
a) Testing of Previous Cars (TPC) and Testing of Mule Cars (TMC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of a Competition, in which a Competitor entered in the Championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a Competitor or a supplier of a homologated power unit), using cars which were designed and constructed in order to comply with the Technical Regulations of any of the three (3) calendar years falling immediately prior to the calendar year of the Championship. No Competitor may sell or make available any such car to any third party without the prior authorisation of the FIA.
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b) TPC and TMC may only take place on tracks currently holding an FIA Grade 1 or FIA Grade 1T Track Licence.
c) TPC may only be carried out with cars constructed to the specification of the period and TMC may only be carried out with cars designed and constructed according to Article 10.9b)ii).
d) During any TPC or TMC, cars must be fitted with the FIA ECU required by Article 8.3 of the Technical Regulations.
e) Only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed tyre supplier may be used (other than as required under Article 10.9b)ii)).
10.3 Testing of Historic Cars (THC)
a) Testing of Historic Cars (THC) shall be defined as any track running time, not part of a Competition, in which a Competitor entered in the Championship participates (or in which a third party participates on behalf of a Competitor), using cars which were designed and constructed in order to comply with the Technical Regulations in force during the years preceding those referred to in Article 10.2 above.
b) THC may only be carried out with cars constructed to the specification of the period.
c) Only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed tyre supplier, or tyres of the period, may be used.
10.4 TCC Promotional Events (PE)
a) A Promotional Event (PE) shall be defined as an event in which a Competitor participates purely for marketing or promotional purposes.
b) A PE must not exceed 100km.
c) During any PE, cars must be fitted with the FIA ECU required by Article 8.3 of the Technical Regulations.
d) Only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed tyre supplier may be used.
e) Each Competitor will be permitted to carry out two (2) PE’s with the cars defined in Article 10.1 which will not be considered a TCC.
10.5 Demonstration Events (DE)
a) A Demonstration Event (DE) shall be defined as an event in which a Competitor participates purely for demonstration purposes.
b) No DE using cars defined in Article 10.1 may exceed 15km.
c) No DE using cars defined in Article 10.2 may exceed 50km.
d) During any DE, only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose by the appointed tyre supplier may be used.
e) During any DE, cars must be fitted with the FIA ECU required by Article 8.3 of the Technical Regulations.
f) At the sole discretion of the FIA, and with the full knowledge of all Competitors, each Competitor will be permitted to carry out:
i) Two (2) DE’s with the cars defined in Article 10.1 which will not be considered a TCC.
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ii) DE’s organised by the Commercial Rights Holder with the cars defined in Article 10.1 which will not be considered a TCC.
10.6 Safety and Technical Requirements for TCC, TPC, TMC, PE and DE
a) TCC, TPC and TMC running may only take place between 9:00 and 18:00, with the exception of any TCC, TPC or TMC being carried out at night, in which case a new test schedule lasting no more than nine (9) hours will be arranged.
b) Competitors may only participate in TCC, TPC, TMC or PE using cars which:
i) Have been subjected to, and fulfilled the requirements of the static and dynamic tests described in the Technical Regulations of the relevant year.
ii) Comply with all the safety-related requirements of the Technical Regulations. Minimal exceptions will be accepted for the sole purpose of test sensor installations, provided they do not compromise the safety of the driver, team personnel or marshals. Any such exceptions must be communicated to the FIA no less than seven (7) days prior to the start of the activity. The FIA may, at its absolute discretion deem such a design to be unsafe and request for the modification to be taken off the car.
c) If, after an incident during a TCC, TPC and/or TMC, the Medical Warning Light signals that threshold forces have been exceeded the driver must present himself for examination in the circuit medical centre without delay.
10.7 Information to be provided to the FIA
a) In order that an FIA observer may be appointed, Competitors must inform the FIA of any planned TPC, PE or DE at least 72 hours before it is due to commence, the following information should be provided:
i) The precise specification of the car(s) to be used.
ii) The name(s) of the driver(s).
iii) The type of activity.
iv) The date(s) and intended duration of the activity.
v) The purpose of the activity.
10.8 TCC Opportunities
a) TCC’s may only take place on tracks located in Europe (unless agreed by the majority of the Competitors and the FIA, or as specified in Article 10.8e)) and may never occur whilst a Championship Competition is taking place.
b) TCC’s shall be limited to the opportunities detailed in this Article 10.8.
c) Two (2) tests, which are open to all Competitors, each of three (3) consecutive days’ duration carried out between 1 February and four (4) days before the start of the first Competition of the Championship. Each Competitor may only use one (1) car on each day.
i) During these tests, and between the running times as specified in Article 10.6a), the provisions of Article 21 will apply, with the following additional exceptions, when covers may be used:
• Anytime the floor of a car being used for testing is not fitted.
• During the recovery and repair of a car damaged during track running
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ii) One (1) day from any of these two (2) tests may be set aside for testing of wet-weather tyres if requested by the appointed tyre supplier. Arrangements for this day of testing will be made in full consultation with all Competitors and the FIA.
d) One (1) test, one (1) day in duration carried out on the circuit at which the last Competition of the Championship was held, such test commencing no less than thirty-six (36) hours after the end of the Competition.
i) Each Competitor must use two (2) cars at this test which must be in an identical configuration to that used in at least one (1) race during the current Championship year. These cars must fully comply with the provisions of the Technical Regulations.
ii) One (1) car must be driven by drivers who are in possession of or who qualify for a Super Licence have participated in at least one (1) race during the Championship that has just been completed, and must be for the sole purpose of providing Competitors with the chance to test the tyre specifications to be used the following season.
iii) One (1) car must be for the sole purpose of providing Young Drivers with the opportunity to test current Formula 1 cars. Drivers eligible for this purpose must:
• Be in possession of an FIA International A Licence
• Not have competed in more than two (2) Formula 1 World Championship races during their career
e) Testing organised by the FIA in consultation with all Competitors and the appointed tyre supplier, for the sole purpose of providing the appointed tyre supplier with the chance to test improvements to the design of their tyres.
i) Drivers participating in these tests must be in possession of a Super Licence or Free Practice Super Licence, and must have competed in at least one (1) Formula 1 Competition during their careers.
ii) Any such testing scheduled at a circuit hosting a Competition of the Championship may only be carried out after that Competition has taken place.
iii) Tests arranged by the appointed tyre supplier for the evaluation of either dry-weather or wet-weather tyres may be carried out between the end of the first Competition of the Championship and 15 December. Cars at these tests must only use components of a specification that have been used in at least one (1) race or TCC during the current Championship year. These cars must fully comply with the provisions of the Technical Regulations.
f) One (1) day, carried out between the start of a ten (10) day period which precedes the start of the second Competition and the last Competition of the Championship, in case a Competitor declares that one of its current race drivers is to be substituted by a driver who has not participated in a Formula 1 World Championship race in the two (2) previous calendar years. The following must be observed:
i) Any such day may only be carried out by the new driver and may not take place on a circuit hosting a race in the current Championship year.
ii) Any such day may only take place within a period fourteen (14) days prior to the substitution and fourteen (14) days after the substitution has taken place.
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iii) If a Competitor, having declared the driver’s substitution and performed the test, does not then enter a Competition with the new driver, the Competitor will be penalised by a reduction of one (1) day from the pre-season TCC days available in the following year.
iv) Only one (1) car may be used.
10.9 TMC Opportunities
a) TMC’s are limited to the opportunities detailed in this Article 10.9.
b) Testing organised by the FIA in consultation with all Competitors and the appointed tyre supplier, for the sole purpose of providing the appointed tyre supplier with the chance to test improvements to the design of their tyres.
i) Drivers participating in these tests must be in possession of a Super Licence or Free Practice Super Licence, and must have competed in at least one (1) Formula 1 Competition during their careers.
ii) Tests arranged by the appointed tyre supplier for the evaluation of wet-weather tyres may be carried out between the end of the first Competition of the Championship and 15 December using cars which were designed and constructed in order to comply with the Technical Regulations of any of the three (3) calendar years falling immediately prior to the calendar year of the Championship, appropriately modified to fit 18” wheels (Mule Cars). Modifications are limited to tyres, wheel rims, wheel rim covers and any further parts necessary to achieve the effective installation of 18” wheels, and the appropriate car mass, car weight distribution or aerodynamic forces, as approved by the FIA.
10.10 A maximum of thirty (30) car days of testing for the sum of testing provided for by Art.10.8e and Art.10.9 shall be organised by the FIA.
10.11 Car limitations during tyre testing
a) Test parts, test software, component changes and set-up changes
For tyre testing carried out under Articles 10.8d), 10.8e) and 10.9:
No test parts, test software, component changes or set-up changes will be permitted which give any sort of information to the Competitor that is unrelated to the tyre test. Mechanical set-up changes, driver control changes, software and component changes are only permitted if they are necessary for the correct evaluation of the tyres or to complete the tyre test. Set-up changes and driver control changes must be agreed in advance with the tyre supplier. Component and software changes must be approved by the FIA. A replacement component may be approved in cases such as damage to the original and should be of the same specification. Exceptionally, if a same specification component is unavailable, a component of a different specification which has been previously used at a Competition or TCC may be approved. The provisions of Article 8.15 of the Technical Regulations will not be applicable.
b) Additional sensors and logging
i) For tyre testing carried out under Articles 10.8d):
Additional logging and sensors are prohibited.
ii) For tyre testing carried out under Articles 10.8e) and 10.9:
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Additional sensors may be fitted on the car to measure tyre state and or performance and must be agreed with the appointed tyre supplier and the FIA in advance. Data collected from such sensors must be shared with the appointed tyre supplier in due time after the test session, and processed data from such sensors (having removed any team-specific information) may be shared by the appointed tyre supplier with the other Competitors.