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 27, 2013 9:58 PM

taz. where did 1 and 2 go???

any penalty will be difficult to apply. if the two are fined, they might well cope with that, particularly if by some chance, the merc was so improved that it won every race until the end, and thus the wdc and wcc. merc could consider the blatant breach of rules a stroke of genius. and then what would happen next year? all the top teams would consider taking such risks. anarchy would prevail.


May 27, 2013 10:04 PM

Lotsa, how does a 1000km of extra testing effect the engine allocation?
Forget about engine allocation, the extra 1000km of testing for sure effected Mercedes know how of using the tyres right at the first race after the test.


May 27, 2013 10:08 PM


From many years of watching motorsport and seeing the FIA hand out unfair (lenient) and heavy handed (plain wrong) judgements over the years in some cases and seeing that daimler benz have some political influence that's my guess.

I stick to what I say that it was a calculated risk, depends how far RBR and Ferrari throw their toys out of the pram.

No more to say really.

Fines - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 10:10 PM

The problem with financial penalties is that they seldom benefit the people who were wronged.

I liked the idea earlier that the 10 other teams get a test to even the playing field, & Mercedes & Pirelli are made to pay all those costs.

fish fingers - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 11:21 PM

hmm everyone's trying to cover their own ass in this mess. It was supposed to be a quick one day test which was drawn out to 3 days by bad weather. Obviously Pirelli were never going to ask every single team to participate in the test

Calvin_ - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 7:31 AM

Why would the FIA hint at sanctions? Either they are deserved or not, and should not be discussed until a the investigation has a result.

Or have they already reached a result but are not telling anybody.

Smacks of the FIA wanting to appear that they are doing something, so feel they have to say something to the public.


May 28, 2013 8:12 AM

sunny. I raised the engine question. merc now have two engines which have both covered the equivalent of two extra races. are the engines now finished or will they have to do more races? towards the end of the year, merc could well run out of fresh engines and may be forced to add new ones, at a penalty?
the engines are said to have a life of three races max, so with barca and two extra race distances, the engines could now be scrap.

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