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Ferrari change test plans amid confusion over regulations

Ferrari will switch to a 2018-spec car for their private F1 test at Maranello, having initially announced that they would be using their 2021 contender.

Ferrari have confirmed a change of plan for their test session at Maranello this week as they seek clarity from governing body the FIA over the regulations. The team announced on Monday that they would be using their 2021-spec SF21 for the four-day session on the Fiorano circuit, seemingly in breach of the current testing regulations, which state that cars cannot be used from the previous year's championship. While they wait for clarity from the FIA, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and test driver Robert Shwartzman will use the SF71H from 2018. RacingNews365.com understands that an agreement in principle had been reached among teams to allow 2021 cars to be tested in 2022, given the major regulation changes coming into play this year. However, that change has not yet been formally approved or passed. The matter is due to go before the F1 Commission in February and the World Motor Sport Council thereafter.

Ferrari change their test plans

A statement released by Ferrari on Tuesday afternoon read: "This morning, the test programme which Scuderia Ferrari was due to carry out, starting today at the Fiorano track, has been changed. "While awaiting an update from the FIA as to how rules relating to 'Test Previous Cars', which establish the criteria for which cars can be used in this type of test, are being applied for 2022, the decision has been taken to use a 2018 SF71H car. "Further details on the test programme will follow later." AlphaTauri are also in action this week, running their 2020-spec car at Imola .

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