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 9:14 PM

All the telemetry gained and information gleaned from the Barcelona test must be given to the FIA, but who knows how much copies of this they have and surely it has already gone into car development and so will advantage them for the rest of the season.

Why did Ross Brawn and the rest of his team drivers technicians, everyone in the paddock suddenly acquire amnesia over the two-year car rule.

It's sad to say this but Mercedes have to be given a points penalty but even then they will still be in a better position than they were before the Barcelona tests.

Ross Brawn simply can't be allowed to get away scot-free with this.

whitew - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:18 PM

I dont think Ferrari or Red Bull sre being bad losers.

Most people missing the point. The FIA approved the test but there were stipulations. The question is did Mercedes stick to them. If the FIA are going to investigate I guess maybe they didnt.

They were also testing the tyres to be used in Canada. That seems like gaining an advantage.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:47 PM

We will see the real gain of Mercedes in Canada. That will be a better indication, Monaco is just so different. I don't like when they broke the rules but on the other hand I am glad to see Mercedes becoming competitve again, a winning car. Honestly after Barcelona (race) I was afraid that we lost them and the title would be a three horse race between Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus. Now they seem back in the game only 3 points behind Lotus in the standings. I vow to watch McLaren joining the party. They looked quite competitve in the race(today). But this could be the Monaco's exception. I hope no.


May 26, 2013 11:14 PM

Paul Hembry will not be fired as his appointment was endorsed by Bernie and is instrumental in keeping the ratings high, just as Woolf and Lauda we assured to be given full support by Bernie, Brawn on the other hand is not in favour by Mr F1, so this may just be a good reason to dispose of him, of course Flavio and Max and Mr X may disagree with my assessment !


May 26, 2013 11:36 PM

Richard, by doing this 1000km test Mercedes has gained an advantage, this advantage was gained before the Monaco race, what tyre they tested is irrelevant, both Pirelli and Mercedes got themselves in a real mess.

Dave - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 3:49 AM

I think it's a bit ridiculous to call it a "secret test". That's like trying to have a secret firework display. Obviously nobody involved thought it was going to be kept secret.

The question then is: was this all fully checked off with the relevant bodies, or did Merc simply think "dodgy but even if we get sanctioned the huge advantage to us will be worth it"?

Personally I think it's pretty shady even if it is legal. They should probably let the other teams do a similar test now at the least.

Dave - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 3:55 AM

As an aside, I don't think Mercedes will benefit much this year in terms of tyre wear, although we'll see at the next race. The Mercedes has been lunching its tyres for years, and it appears that there is a fundamental flaw in the car's design concept in that respect. This test will not help to resolve what only a total redesign could fix.

So while it's distasteful, I doubt it will have much impact on the real pointy end of the championship this year.

Giveway - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 7:32 AM

Rules are rules, and 2 major FIAF1 rules were broken. Two illegal drivers in two illegal cars. It is so simple and there will be penalties.

They must use a current test driver in a car NO newer than two years old. The car wont make much difference in tyre evaluation testing. Things are going to heat up around here!

rob01 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 3:00 PM

You had teams yelling about the tires being unsafe. The FIA can do anything they want on the grounds of safety. It will be an interpitation of the rules that allows Merc to conduct the test for Pirelli. No different to the multiple interpitations that Red Bull has used for years while bending and ignoring rules.

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