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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107SS2009

May 27, 2013 6:04 PM

Rob, it certainly wasn't advertised by non of the three parts involved, the way I see it is the major part of the blame or better put the blame for all this lays fully at the FIA door step, the FIA will now try to wriggle out of this mess of their own making like a snake that has been hibernating.
As far as I know the FIA use to or is supposed to have a representative present at any out of season but allowed formula one car running other than a straight line speed test and that includes promotional running to make sure that no new parts are tested or evaluated.
Remember that this test was over three days, 1000km were accumulated, the current car model was used, drivers being the two official ones, this mess is as bad and having the same consequences as the spygate one.

M Bala - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 6:10 PM

FIA need to strip Mercedes points of Monaco GP, and
place them back of the grid to start for the next 4 Races.

It will be a lesson for other teams when they breach a sporting agreement, you cheat, you pay the price, simple.

pete - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 6:19 PM

You cannot undo what has been done. Taking points away from MBF1 for monaco is probably not the solution either. Even penalizing they with grid spot penalties is not enough as they will get on with their program if they have mastered the tire wear.

IMHO, the genie is out of the bottle and MB cannot unlearn what they have learned from this secret test. What needs to happen is have each team test their cars and drivers with the Pirellis and try to equalize the opportunity MB had. I cannot think of anyother way of making this fair for all competitors.

Taz

May 27, 2013 6:27 PM

@pete

Easy way out if a heafty fine so any sporting advantage gained (prize money) would be lost. Don't think they can alter the race result, that's just bad for the sport full stop.

107SS2009

May 27, 2013 6:31 PM

Taz, do you expect the FIA will clobber Pirelli too? Pirelli has no less blame than Mercedes.
As I said, considering that this was going to be a three day 1000km test the FIA seems to have been in total hibernation/totally inactive with all its responsibilities trusted/shifted upon Pirelli and Mercedes, that's why I said that all the blame for this mess lays on the FIA door step.

richard

May 27, 2013 6:46 PM

sunny. Pirelli at least contacted the fia, but then did not comply with the conditions. however, fia need a tyre supplier and I doubt that Pirelli will be punished, not even a fine, just to keep them on board. it appears that an employee at rbr was informally approached by pirelli, but rbr steered clear as the sporting code prohibited the use of a current car, and when Ferrari were approached, they accepted with a 2010 car. according to wolff, when merc was approached, they had seen the problem with lulu at Bahrain and accepted saying tat they needed answers. but then broke the sporting code by using a current car.
so Pirelli were at to blame on several fronts, but merc were the ones who decided to break the codes. it wouldn't surprise me if merc were stripped of points at the end of the year



Taz

May 27, 2013 6:55 PM
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@Sunny

As long as there is a paper trail which the FIA appears to say their is I'd suggest they will.

As for Pirelli, part of me thinks they are looking for a way out of the sport.

bozgp - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 7:08 PM

It is possible that someone at FIA made Mercedes a deal they couldn't follow through on. I don't know if the test helped Mercedes in Monaco, but it sure made for good TV, at least on NBC (US coverage). You had a good looking young kid winning on the 30th anniversary of his father's win at the same famed circuit. Fans love a good dynasty. We also saw a silver Mercedes following another silver Mercedes you could actually buy. 99% of Americans don't know what a Renault is, so it had to be Ferrari or Mercedes. All the commercials were for Mercedes dealerships and a few Rolex ones sprinkled in between. Plenty of coverage of the water, the yachts the picturesque cliffs and the Hollywood stars in attendance. The announcers obliged and catered to the casual fan.

It was the most lavish brunch I have ever seen on TV. Beautiful landscape, beautiful people, even some suspenseful crashes (American style), expensive toys on display. Anyway, I am not saying that this was made possible by the extra

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