Boullier blasts summer test
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has branded the proposed young driver test at Silverstone this summer as "a nonsense".
The test is usually held in Abu Dhabi after the Grand Prix there, but teams have been given the option of holding the test after the British Grand Prix in July to help with the logistics of moving between the race in the Middle East and the new race in Texas.
Currently, 10 teams are scheduled to run at Silverstone with only Red Bull and Toro Rosso stating that they will test after the race at the Yas Marina circuit.
Boullier however thinks the test at Silverstone makes no sense when the drivers that will take part, are concentrating on other series.
"It's a bit disappointing, to be honest," Boullier told Autosport.
"I am a supporter of young drivers, and for me Abu Dhabi (in November) was the perfect scenario.
"The young kids finish the season, and you can organise this test in a hot, nice place, with nice variety. So I was actually a bit cross with the decision to bring it earlier to Silverstone.
"We had a strong discussion, let's say, and definitely I was against this, especially for the reasons raised. For me it is absolutely a nonsense to have a young driver test in July when all the young kids are in the middle of the season and focused on racing and the championship. We cannot disturb this. It is completely the wrong timing.
"You also have another issue: bringing this test in the middle of the season you have to consider there will be a different point of view for the team; and as a team it's another opportunity to develop the car and bring some parts to test."
However, despite his feelings, Lotus will take part in the Silverstone test as it makes more sense financially for the team.
"Between choosing to go to Abu Dhabi for young drivers, which is very important for me, and Silverstone, I obviously have to choose what it best for the team and that is Silverstone," he added.
"But actually I would like it to rain, so we will go back to the original schedule - which for me is the normal one."