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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Firestorm - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:50 PM

This story will be the headline for the next to weeks. At least we will have the opportunity to read interesting things. The week after the GP is so boring usually. I guess that next week will be not :)

Stark Racer - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 9:56 PM

What a bunch of Bull !!! Bernie's FOM knows everything that everyone is doing and for the FIA to think that Pirelli would do something without him knowing is a joke. Mercedes just got caught....thats all. No body is gonna get penalized and no body is gonna lose their job.... this is F1 afterall !


May 26, 2013 10:01 PM

Sounds to me like Pirelli are asking for further testing on 2013 tyres with a current car & driver.
Mercedes accepted the call, others (Red Bull & Ferrari) did not.
This is the real question.
If Pirelli asked Mercedes and no one else then thats a breach of the Sporting Rules, if they asked everyone then shut up and game on. :)

Mr Dazzle - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 10:03 PM

But you can't just let the teams stay on for 3 extra days after a race and call it fair. Mercedes had the track to themselves, as many tyres as they wanted and the undivided attentions of the Pirelli technicians. If all the remaining teams have to share the 3 days, that's 20 cars on track and you can bet there's not enough Pirelli dudes to give every team the same service. I guess Pirelli could be forced to supply enough tyres though.


May 26, 2013 10:29 PM

If Pirelli did not offer the chance to all other teams THEY are in the wrong, NOT Mercedes.
If Mercedes accepted a test run by Pirelli I do not see that they did anything wrong, but all other teams should have been able to test as well - Pirelli's responsibility, not Mercedes..

Responsibility - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 10:44 PM

@ kmw350 ... that's like saying a drug cheat can blame a doctor for prescribing medication containing banned substances.

Rules are rules. As a competitor you alone are responsible for playing by them.
Mercedes know there's no testing allowed, they should have checked with Pirelli, double checked with the FIA, & triple checked with the other teams.

rup - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 11:22 PM

this is brown taking a calculated risk that any smack on the wrist will be out weighed by a nice testing session that has now removed the merc's only limitation ie its poor tyre degradation..

basically this stinks, typical brawn behaviour.. CHEATING!!

any response HAS to outway the obvious advantage gained...


May 26, 2013 11:39 PM

Well, I think Mercedes almost certainly gained some advantage, and I think tests like this should be disallowed going forward. But, they would not have been able to test if Pirelli did not supply the tires. If the FIA sanction Mercedes then the FIA must sanction Pirelli as well. In fact, maybe this would be a good thing and the field could run on five year old Michelin or GoodYears for three races, just to see how a proper lasting tire will work with the DRS.

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