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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bozgp - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 7:20 PM

testing, but Mercedes winning was good for TV.

I know this is quite a reach, but I can't help but think that there are no secrets here and all of this is playing out according to someone's plan. I think the show came out pretty good, so whoever is running the show must be happy.


May 27, 2013 7:34 PM

Richard, Mercedes is also said to have contacted the FIA and I can't imagine they didn't, it is totally wrong for the police to charge someone of steeling valuables left laying around unwatched/unattended by the same police.
I cannot for the life of me imagine such a big and critical test not being policed by the FIA in person.
The FIA not having policed this test in person is a very big slip on their part, a slip so big that it renders the FIA as corrupted/contaminated/ as having abducted its duties.


May 27, 2013 7:49 PM

"a slip so big that it renders the FIA as corrupted/contaminated/ as having abducted its duties"

Huh, nothing new there. Many manufactuers have been f88ked over royally by the FIA apart from a chosen few.


May 27, 2013 8:08 PM

bozgp. the test was for compounds for montreal on, so there would be little or no benefit for Monaco, but it is certainly possible that current tyres were used as a yardstick, so merc MAY have benefited slightly for Monaco.

sunny, interesting article on yalla.


May 27, 2013 8:38 PM

The only way for the FIA to restore some credibility to themselves is (1) grant all teams a three day 1000km test with the same amount of notice time Mercedes had to prepare themselves for the test (2) disqualify Mercedes from the Monaco results and any results in races that takes place until all teams had tested (3) heavily fine both Mercedes and Pirelli for willingly and knowingly breaching the rules (using a current car and their registered drivers).


May 27, 2013 8:50 PM
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sunny. the test is supposed to have cost merc nearly half a million. I doubt that other teams would want to do this as well, and there is no time space to carry out such a test for all teams, unless they use the summer break. personally I don't think that Monaco result should be touched as the test probably had little effect as existing tyres were used.
removing from results at end of year could be a penalty. it happened to schumi and also to macca (sort of)
but it would be impossible for fia to do nothing, otherwise it will become a free-for-all!

ps. just wondering....how will this affect their engine allocation?


May 27, 2013 9:33 PM

.....(3) heavily fine both Mercedes and Pirelli for willingly and knowingly breaching the rules (using a current car and their registered drivers).

Most likely outcome thus giving Pirelli the excuse to leave.


May 27, 2013 9:37 PM

Richard, the driver (Rosberg) Monaco win and points will not be touched whatever the outcome.
Mercedes made changes in their approach to the tyres in Monaco, made changes to the suspension, made changes to brake ducts, made changes to the exhaust/plum path which shows that they had benefitted from the test, before the test they were the only team running their tyres 20 degrees too hot and so they were the fastest destructing their tyres.
Regulations clearly states that teams are not allowed to test current cars with their current drivers outside of official testing during the season, Charlie Whiting says not aware that Mercedes would use a current car and drivers for the test, says approval was conditional upon the test being run by Pirelli not the team.

Pete - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 9:38 PM

Are we really to believe that every other team had completely removed all of their kit including hospitality 'buildings' on the Sunday? I can't believe that their as not a single person from another team at the circuit on the Monday while the test was ongoing. Is it also not a rule that the FIA medical team and helicopter attend all tests?
Something very fishy going on here.

Lotsa Questions - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 9:42 PM

Good question Richard, how does 1000kms extra testing effect the engine allocation?

Also, looking at how the events unfolded & the reaction of RBR, Ferrari & many fans within hours of finding out about the test ... one has to assume that a concerted effort must have been made by Mercedes & Pirelli to keep the test very secret.
If they hadn't, surely someone would have found out about it much sooner & we would have had this storm days ago.
In this day of social media, how did it transpire that this didnt leak from anywhere for so long. Surely a track worker, or paramedic required to be at the circuit during the test would have tweeted or posted something that should have gone viral fast.

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