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F1 teams set for mandatory rookie presence in FP1 in 2022

F1 is finalizing a plan that would require all teams to run a "rookie" driver in selected FP1 sessions next season in a bid to provide young talents with track time. The elimination of in-season testing in F1 since 2020, due mainly to the onslaught of the global pandemic, has deprived teams running junior programs of the opportunity to test young drivers in current-spec machinery. F1 is seeking to mandate the inclusion of a rookie driver, as shall be defined by the regulations, in each team's line-up, although the number of events where this new rule would apply has yet to be decided. "Friday running is coming in," said F1 managing director Ross Brawn. "On Friday,...
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