RAF wrote:I can see the teams point. Set-up work for this track will be redundant as they are not racing there. You have to factor in the cost of the logistics and the mileage, parts, wear, etc. I agree with Horner (as much as I dislike him) that you might as well just have another GP.
They tested at Jerez, another track which they do not race at, this year, and they also tested at Valencia last year (again, another track they do not race at). Without this test at Mugello, they would have had another 3 day test somewhere else before Melbourne, so i don't really buy the excuse regarding cost of logistics, mileage, parts etc. At least with Mugello they did not have to pay any track fees.