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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koolkat - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 9:39 AM

I think this all hinges around what Mercedes asked the FIA. If they asked the right question and the FIA sanctioned it, there is no case to answer. Personally I do not think this test will have advantaged Mercedes that much anyway.

Alex - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:40 PM

Well, the current FIA president is Jean Todt and he and Ross Brawn had "special" relationship with Bridgestone during their Ferrari days which was not considered kosher.

So not surprised by underhanded Merc testing. i'm sure Brawn felt confident that he can get away with minimal impact penalty, if any, and he has legal loophole covered.

I too, like the idea of giving the 10 other teams a 3 day 1000km test in Barcelona with Mercedes & Pirelli covering those costs.

107SS2009

May 28, 2013 5:43 PM

Richard, the way I understand it is, each driver or better say each car (note about this later) is allocated eight engines for the season, the use of these eight engines will have to cover qualifying and race, practice one and two (Friday) does not effect this allocation, the teams make use of a full mileage engine on a Friday, the engines used in testing before the season starts and those used in other tests such as this 1000km test Mercedes done, also those used in tests for young drivers , straight line tests and promotional running does not count towards or effect the eight engines allocation, some teams ran engines for four qualifying and races last year.
The note about why better say the allocation is for the car and not the driver, when Del La Rosa was replaced at Sauber Headfield inherited the engines left which were allocated to Pedro so engines are allocated to the car and not the driver.

richard

May 28, 2013 6:55 PM

sunny. ok, but this 1000km test would not count as straight line or promo running, would it? and presumably the cars were running at full racing speeds with multiple stops and starts, so stress on them must have been considerable.

sam - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 9:38 PM

richard = so with barca and two extra race distances, the engines could now be scrap.

i think used engines would have less hp is main problem. older engines prbably still good tho for tire testing where target is to push tires in wat that can be repeated and ultimate pace less important.

sam - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 9:41 PM

107 = engines are allocated to the car and not the driver

so if it is last race of season and alonso need win to win wdc but has used all engines for his car,but massa has one brand new engine left can alonso and massa swap cars for last race?

kiwibob - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 11:33 PM

Im still thinking we have not heard all of what the fai knew about this as brawn states he talked to them and pirelli state that they had ok to use this years cars so only thing i can see is the drivers issue

kmw350

June 01, 2013 9:11 AM

Again,
IF Pirelli did not give other teams the chance, it is THEIR fault, NOT Mercedes.
IF Pirelli/Mercedes got permission to use a current car, Mercedes are not in error.
IF the tyres were unmarked and no informationwas divulged to the team, Mercedes have not gained. Yes, the drivers have 'gained' some miles, but this is no gain if they are not able to collect data from it.
This all revolves around whether FIA actually permitted the current car to be used.

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