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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George Zaidan

May 28, 2013 2:16 PM

Pirelli cannot be in trouble, it's the teams' fault for testing out of season, they are suppose to know the rules. It's like me telling someone to jump out of a 10th story window and they do. Is it my fault that the did what I said? Further more merc was using this year's car, that makes them cheaters.

Mark _

May 28, 2013 4:15 PM

I guess the question is does Mercedes have to verify that Pirelli offered the same test to all of the teams. How much due diligence is required? Are they just to take Pirelli's word for it or should Mercedes have contacted each team to verify that they got the same offer and declined?

Dave - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 4:20 PM

Well it seems to that all the teams take every opportunity they can, some teams get away with it while other teams shout a lot about it. F1 is getting rather boring now. Races won and lost in the board room, where is the sport in that?


May 28, 2013 4:23 PM

mark. Williams, sauber, lotus and force india have already stated that they were NOT contacted, and Ferrari said that there had only been an informal approach.
apart from that merc were remided that in season testing was not allowed, and that sporting codes were also applicable. read the fia statement,the conditional agreement to a test under sporting code rules, clearly states that the cars had to be run by Pirelli and not by merc or their drivers

Mark _

May 28, 2013 4:50 PM

@Richard - I am not disputing who was or was not contacted by Pirelli for the test. I am just wondering if Mercedes is supposed to verify that everyone was contacted. If Pirelli told Merc that they contacted everyone is that enough to clear Merc or does Merc have to contact the other teams to verify it?


May 28, 2013 6:19 PM

@Taz Just looked, Mercedes are going to burn. They have clearly breached FIA directions.

"Pirelli and Mercedes-AMG were advised by the FIA that such a development test could be possible if carried out by Pirelli, as opposed to the team that would provide the car and driver, and that such tests would be conditional upon every team being given the same opportunity to test in order to ensure full sporting equity."


May 28, 2013 6:37 PM

Elijah. you have to go further......all actions are subject to the sporting code, which PROHIBITS in season testing, and which also dictates that car has to be a two year old car!
however, I am sure that merc have a couple of hundred lawyers on the job, looking for every missing comma or full stop, that could enable them to dispute everything that is in the rules. apart from clear breaches, they have made a laughing stock of f1 and its various rules.


May 28, 2013 7:13 PM

Mercedes was not under any obligation to contact other teams and advertise the test.
The test is supposed to have belonged to Pirelli solely for testing tyres.
It looks like Charlie Whiting trusted Mercedes so much that he didn't felt the need to have FIA inspectors present for the test to make sure Mercedes didn't took the opportunity to test upgrades to the car such as new suspension parts, brake ducts and upgrades to their least developed of all the front runners coanda exhaust system, to make sure that a two year old model car is used, to make sure that their main drivers are not used.
Charlie Whiting (might be not on his own) is one very big part in this mess the FIA has found itself in.

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