F1 » FIA hints at possible Mercedes sanctions

The FIA suggests that Mercedes could face sanctions over its Pirelli tyre test as there were conditions attached to the session in Spain which may not have been followed...

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bob - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:06 PM

Well as the other teams knew nothing of the test I think it's safe to say they weren't offered the chance to test as the FIA has stated was part if the agreement.

Also, Pirelli is supposed to carry out the test, not the team. As both Hamilton and Rosberg actually tested, it again looks like a breach of the agreement.

Looks like Mercedes could be in deep doo doo!

bozgp - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:16 PM

Seems pretty cut and dry if all this is true. It seems that Mercedes were well aware that this was not legal, but took a calculated risk. If it is the case that this test gave them an insurmountable advantage, then it's worth it. COuld the sanction be so bad, that if they won the title this season it would be stripped?

Let's say that the rest of the season looks a bit like Monaco, I would say that whatever penalty was imposed, it was worth it.

Brawn knew what he was doing all along.


May 26, 2013 9:27 PM

Phil, what you're saying is Ross has broken the rules, so let everybody break the rules just to equalise things.

This could well be the month Ross Brawn decides to set his retirement date, or get pushed.

bob - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:37 PM


I think what Phil is getting at is this...

It's not just the fact that rules have been broken, but by braking the rules, if they indeed have, they have gained an advantage that they can't un-gain, so to speak. They can't unlearn what they learned about their cars and the tires.

If the others are allowed to test as well, the balance may be redressed.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:38 PM

I agree with Phil. All the other teams should be allowed to test for three days at Barcelona next week. So any advantage that Mercedes could have gained...I don't know but at least they would have the same opportunity..all of them. I didn't understood what the FIA would do in case they decide to penalise Mercedes and Pirelli. Can someone explain to me please?

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