F1 » Teams warned that Pirelli test could not be ‘in-season’

Further to the ramifications emerging from Sunday's accusations of an 'underhand' test, Mercedes could face sanctions for running during the annual testing hiatus.

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Si - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:24 AM

But i thought that Ferrari had already had one tyre test this season , or dosnt that count ? ( by that i mean that it was an 2011 car ) . Oh and IF the other teams were also allowed to test whose job was it to tell them , Surely not Merc ? .. Lots of questions to be answered here , Mainly by the FIA who seem to be contradicting themselves ...

Alex - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Sly and shrewd Ross Brawn definitely knew what he was doing and took a calculated risk. He is used to doing similar stuff in his Ferrari days with the current FIA president Jean Todt, Bridgestone comes to mind....

Guess he thinks they can get away with it or the advantage Merc gained far outweighs whatever penalty the FIA might impose.

1000km is more or less 3GP races, they should be given a 3 race ban starting from Canada, so other teams can get the equivalent of data Merc gleaned from this testing.

rabcati - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:25 PM

"Paul Hembery as just said on Sky sports that he did consult other teams other than Mercedes but they declined Pirelli's offer"

Did he also say they could use their 2013 car and drivers?? I seriously doubt it!

bob - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:53 PM


Great idea about the 3 race ban to even the odds. Haven't though about that before - great idea!

From what I understand, other teams were approached about testing in general, some time ago and not specifically about this test. I also understand that they declined because they knew it would be against the sporting regulations - something Merc should have been well aware of.

Yes Pirelli are at fault, but they are not trying to win WCC points - Mercedes are. Merc should have turned them down just like other teams.

Besides which, they used a 2013 car and their current race drivers, both of which were not part of the agreement.



May 28, 2013 1:31 PM

slayer. both Pirelli and merc are in trouble. Pirelli probably less so as they can offer anything but it is up to the competing teams to know the rules. if merc knew them, then they deliberately set out to flout them.
Pirelli have not signed acontract for 2014 as yet, and hankook have already expressed an interest.

Name - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 1:46 PM

@david, leaving the sport with a tainted name ain't good for business. They would at least need to do some damage limitation before they say quit.

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