Apologies for bringing this topic back up, but Boullier has pitched in today with heavy criticism of the decision to move the Young Driver test to Silverstone, saying that it is "absolute nonsense" to hold a test session during the season and hoping that it rains so he can pull out of the test.
Boullier's complaints are based on the fact that moving the test session to mid season causes additional disruption for the team and the drivers being tested (whereas a post season test would reduce the inconvenience), plus he is concerned that some teams might use the young driver test sessions as an opportunity to test new parts rather than look for new drivers (which is not surprising given that Boullier was also pushing for in season tests to be cancelled).
"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 criticism of the decision to move the test, given that it is cheaper to hold a test session at Silverstone he has (reluctantly, it seems) agreed to press on with Silverstone, despite having the option to test in Abu Dhabi (which Red Bull and Toro Rosso are doing).
In fact, Boullier has been rather dismissive of proposals for any form of in season testing, saying that he would have "liked to avoid" holding the recent test session at Mugello (an opinion shared with Red Bull, no doubt because neither team had much to test whilst rival teams, like Sauber and Ferrari, were testing new parts at Mugello). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/99338
"We would have liked to avoid this one," he said. "When you are struggling it is different and I'm sure Ferrari is happy to have this test.
"In general we are not in favour of this. We would prefer to have had all the testing in February, like last year, but it depends on your position, I'm sure some teams will vote in favour because they need track time to develop their car faster, but the teams with good cars don't need it."
If we were in a situation like last year, when Renault were the team struggling for pace whilst their rivals were pressing on with developments, I bet he'd be singing a very different tune...