F1 » FIA to rule on Mercedes tyre test

Race stewards in Monaco set to report to the FIA into Mercedes' Pirelli tyre test after hearing in Monte Carlo

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May 26, 2013 7:53 PM

crash. it is INFINITI, and not infinity!
due to processional nature of Monaco, it could well be argued that the race was not unduly influenced by the secret test, as most work would be done on the tyres to be used in Canada, where merc will now have a huge advantage.

Rt - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:22 PM

Yeah that testing for sure didn't effect the outcome of this race due to its low average speed and non-abrasive surface. It would only help for the long run development. Thank god Ferrari protested as well, otherwise we would never hear the end of the bashing against Red Bull haters from the pro Lotus and Ferrari fans.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:44 PM

I don't understand why Pirelli and the FIA didn't summoned all the teams to take part on this test. It would be better for F1 because the teams would have a real chance to rectify their tyre gremlins. I am aware that Mercedes is the team which suffered most with this tyres and I am glad watching them winning instead of Red Bull at Monaco but rules should be equal for everybody.


May 26, 2013 8:44 PM

fia have issued a statement stating that whereas Pirelli were told they could in principle have a test, there were certain conditions such as all teams being offered the test and that a Pirelli test driver be used. Pirelli never responded to the conditions and other teams were NOT asked. Pirelli have slipped up very badly. they only invited merc with their current drivers, and fia did not have details of the test date etc.
it is difficult to see what penalty could be applied, as the advantage for merc could extend all season. it is considered that the test could be worth up to 1 sec a lap for merc. despite what the deal between merc an Pirelli was, the sporting regs state that any testing can only be in a 2 year old car, and that is the basis for the Ferrari and rbr protest.

Dude - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:57 PM

They were testing (mostly) 2014 tires, other teams were asked to participate, FIA was aware of this. Case closed. Bad losers at Red Bull and Ferrari as usual.

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:59 PM

BUT Paul Hembry said TODAY that the teams were asked and offered the test possibility and some of them said yes and others said no. Presumably, of those who said yes, Pirelli were free to select the team they wanted for that test. He also said the test was designed for preparation of next year's tyres. The only slip-up was that Merc used this year's car instead of an older car. Sky TV's Ted Kravitz explained that Ferrari also had a similar test after Bahrain, but they used the 2010 or 2011 Ferrari, apparently.

So.....in the final analysis Hembry says all the teams were aware of the test (process) but Christian Horner says he had no idea. So who is being economical with the truth here???

Looks like we are in for even more controversies this season. All adds to the spice of the action, if you ask me!

F1 Rules! - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:12 PM

How can the FIA rule on something they were aware of and sanctioned from day 1???

Alternative question: Why would Pirelli and Ross Brawn consciously act to violate clear FIA rules in the hope they would get away with it?

Something just does not fit here.....

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