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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aveli - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 9:32 AM

pirelli asked all the teams to help them out up to 12 months ago with the 1000km test and mercedes were the first to take up the offer. so no infringement there. the fia may not have received confirmation that the other teams were also asked but they asked. mercedes knew that if the reminded the teams, they'd not enjoy that benefit of the test so they ensure the teams weren't reminded. does that constitute to infringement of the rules?
let the fia decide.


May 27, 2013 9:35 AM

Imagine yourself as an executive sitting on either the Mercedes or Pirelli board of directors, two publicly traded companies, trying to decide how you will manage the damage to reputation your respective "sporting divisions" has created by playing cute with the rules. I think whatever respective fines either company receives may pale in comparison to the long term damage they have caused. Hopefully both will remain in F1 for the long haul but heads must roll.


May 27, 2013 9:43 AM

Merc are clearly in the wrong here.

As others have said it was probably a calculated risk.

Big fine or one race ban? The fact that the race drivers attended the test is pretty serious though, cheating in my eyes.

Sasha - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 9:49 AM

That was about standard testing. Not the new proposal to test with a 2013 chassis. This a completely different situation than the "we asked all teams 12 months ago".

aveli - Unregistered
May 27, 2013 9:32 AM

pirelli asked all the teams to help them out up to 12 months ago with the 1000km test and mercedes were the first to take up the offer. so no infringement there.

Sam - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 10:33 AM

just give the other teams to do a test, no sanctions because that would be a stupid answer to a fixable problem, or maybe just fine pirelli or something

Westy - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 11:29 AM

End if the day Pirelli asked 6or so teams to run a test Ferrari an red bull included said no merc said yes they didn't break any rules as far as I can see Merc will be fine and it would of bad no help in Monaco as they were testing 2014 tyres with unknown compounds as for Canada it's another track that I easy on its tyres so ill expect to see Hilton winning in 2 weeks time as for the race after in England at silverstone that will show us how much merc have improved with the long sweeping fast corners . If anything Pirelli deserve to get fined not merc ... Goooo Hamilton ....


May 27, 2013 11:56 AM

westy. I suggest you read the story and other comments. fia have stated that Pirelli did not abide by the conditions, and further, the sporting code was breached.
other teams were previously asked, and Ferrari for one was know to have taken part, but they abided by the sporting code and used a two year old car. AND, they were not testing tyres that were to be used in the following race!
all teams complain about the lack of testing time, and if they felt that a tyre test would give them extra time, you can bet your bottom dollar that there would be a queue at Pirellis door!
merc knew they had a problem with their current car, and took a gamble that nobody would find out about what happened. they have been caught out and will have to face the consequences.

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