Ferrari find testing situation “ridiculous”

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes that the current testing situation is “ridiculous”.

Teams are limited to the three pre-season tests held in Spain each year, with in-season testing banned, but Domenicali is in favor of returning to a more liberal testing schedule.

“The testing situation is ridiculous,” Domenicali told F1 Racing magazine.

“At the end of the day, it is ridiculous – I use this word again – that we are not able to use this track. We were too far in one direction on testing a couple of years ago and we are now too far on the other hand.”

Domenicali revealed that Ferrari are talking to the other teams in an attempt to draw up a more effective testing schedule.

“With the other teams, we’ll try to convince them that we need to find another balance – and I am positive we can find a solution.”

For 2014, the teams are set to give the green light for a fourth pre-season test due to the new engine regulations. However, the lack of in-season testing restricts teams to the practice sessions at each grand prix for car development. Although this does reduce costs, it also restricts progress as teams look to make great strides across the course of the season.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: