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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May 26, 2013 11:57 PM

Looks like Merc and Pirelli have screwed up big time and in all honesty both parties deserve to get shafted for this. It's incredible that people at this level of a business as professional as F1 can act so dim witted or is it just underhanded?
The only penalty that I can see for Pirelli is a sizeable fine and a big black mark against any future contracts in F1.
But how do you punish Mercedes? as has been said already you can't unlearn things and a financial penalty would be futile.

bozgp - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 12:37 AM

@ Dude,
I don't think anyone involved imagined that this was going to remain a secret. I don't think hoax is the right word though. FIA rules are made of putty, so teams shoot first and ask questions later.

Shame this happened as it has the potential to make this an asterisk season. Obviously there was no effort made to ensure that this was legal before it was done. It was handled carelessly and deliberately and if it ruins the season, shame on all involved.

kiwibob - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 12:47 AM

Funny that everyone now believes that the fia say other teams had to be offered a choice maybe they just trying to duck for cover. And if its true that merc didn,t know what tyres they had on then not a lot of advantage also merc always been good at monaco but canada will be different

Rt - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 12:52 AM

Just imagine for a moment that you are a race technician for Mercedes and you are at the track in Spain on a nice sunny morning without anyone else there. Paul Hembery is to your left showing you all the tyre data. Lewis and Nicole are to your left discussing their laps and going over the Pirelli data with them. Don't you think a little alarm would go off in your head saying 'wait, is this legal? Where are the other teams?'.

Sasha - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 1:20 AM

2005 BAR..... secundary fuel tank, no advantage but illegal. Points stripped, 2 race ban.

McLaren spy scandal.... huge fine.

This (testing) supposedly was illegal, drivers involved, advantage gained, team boss one of the most knowledged about rules, failing to follow rules, possibly ruining the whole season for fans.....

If Mercedes loose, it will probably be something close to those 2 examples.

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