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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rabcati - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 1:13 PM

We all know Mercedes have been desperate to sort their tyre problems out but this was a step too far. Had they tested with an old car like Ferrari and a test driver you could argue it was all above board and legal. However to test with their current car and a world champion driver (and another who knows his way around) over 3 days is simply taking the mick. I hope they receive a big points penalty.

rob01 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 2:07 PM

The FIA gifted Brawn before with an item far better than a tire test. I am sure if Merc uses some decent logic that this will blow over with no problem. Under the guise of safety ANYTHING can be done.


May 27, 2013 3:00 PM

rob. I mentioned the favours to brawn before, but this has nothing to do with safety. it was testing new compounds, something which could have been done reasonably well with the old Renault. they did not need the car with the worst problem, or a 2013 car, or two current f1 drivers. I doubt that this will blow over anytime soon.
any race that the merc may now win, will be horribly tainted.

rob01 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 3:59 PM

I suppose that Pirelli knew what Hamilton and Nico looked like. When those two appeared it should have be their duty to stop any testing of the tires.


May 27, 2013 4:07 PM

rob. maybe they thought that it was the stig?

seriously though, I doubt that merc would have allowed anyone else to drive their car in the middle of a season.

but the mad thing is that both merc and Pirelli have not been truthful about the whole affair. this implies that it was definitely something that they did not want made public

rob01 - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 4:11 PM

Ross said that the test was conducted while the other teams were still in the city packing up from the race. Don't see how it was a secret affair.


May 27, 2013 5:57 PM

oh rob. somebody has to be last to leave, so why not merc? and also a number of merc staff had already left for home. why try to make excuses for merc? they broke the rules and will have to take whatever punishment the fia see fit to apply!
fia have been quite clear on the fact that merc/Pirelli had not complied with the conditions

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