Wednesday August 1st, 2001
British American Racing boss Craig Pollock has spoken out against Toyota's proposal to test throughout the winter ahead of their debut in Formula One next year and said they should play by the rules.
Formula One regulations state that no teams are allowed to test until December following the end of the season on October 14, but Toyota chief Ove Andersson has said that his team plan to run during that time by taking advantage of a loophole in the regulations.
Toyota have argued that because they are not currently in Formula One they should be able to test over the winter before confirming that they will take part in next season's Championship. But Pollock, whose BAR team made their Formula One debut three years ago, said that Toyota should respect the rules.
"As far as I am concerned if there is a rule, then they must adhere to that rule like any other Formula One team, and if they don't do it then they have to suffer the consequences," Pollock said.
"As of November they have to enter into the series. A certain number of days after the end of the Championship they have to put in their entry and the minute their entry is accepted they have to adhere to the rules."
Published at 15:06:33 GMT