F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: How should FIA deal with Mercedes test row?

The fall-out from Sunday's news that Mercedes and Pirelli had conducted three days of testing in Barcelona has now come to rest with the FIA, but how should the governing body react?

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KevinW - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 2:41 PM

First, Having all teams share a 3 day test session is unfair. Merc was afforded a clear track 3 day solo test session, like the days when teams conducted their own independent tests. This cannot be corrected by another pre-season test procedure under observation from other teams and the press. For this reason, sanctions are the only available recourse.

Second, before defending Mercedes, ask yourself, had this been Red Bull, would the reaction be the same calm and collected reaction? I think not.

Third, does anyone really believe that a team can have free track time for a distance equal to 3 GPs, without any scrutiny from anyone, and NOT gain an unfair advantage? This was a calculated offense and violation of both the written rules and the clarifications of the FIA before it took place. Mercedes is using a manipulation of communication as rationalization of what they knew was an illegal test, and hope to get away with it by further manipulation. The FIA needs to take action, or risk

prof-x - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 3:10 PM

its easy, because Pirelli were at least half way responsible just offer the same testing opportunities for all teams, have Merc subsidize a percentage of the tires, however much Merc paid Pirelli for the tires they supplied percentage wise, and then force the teams to test at Barcelona with in the next few weeks. If the teams dont want to test, then they need to shut up.

Gordon - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 3:37 PM

It's been written elsewhere that Pirelli specifically asked the FIA if they could test with a current 2013 car, which was approved by the FIA on the condition that all teams were given the same opportunity. It is not Mercedes' responsibility to inform all the teams of what they do or don't do in their own time. To say the test was carried out in secret is laughable, especially at that track, where there is a hotel that overlooks the circuit! Hardly an ideal venue for a clandestine test!! It's also worth remembering why this farce has come about... Because Pirelli have no way of testing tyres in a real world environment: ie: on a race track in a contemporary car. Up until now they used a (extensively) modified Toyota & had been offered a Lotus (I think) to test this year, but that was vetoed by (the same?) teams who felt this would somehow give Lotus an unfair advantage! As a result Pirelli have developed the tyres for this year without anywhere near as much real world testing as they'v


May 28, 2013 3:51 PM

Gordon. you seem to be privy to acts that nobody else is aware off. can you point us to where these are in writing?
the fia could not approve the use of a 2013 car as they specifically told all teams that it was not allowed. funny how macca, Ferrari, and rbr were aware of that, but merc wasn't!
as regards any test with a 2011 car, it had to be driven by a non works driver, and as you say, fia told Pirelli hat all teams had to be asked. at least FOUR teams have said that Pirelli did NOT contact them.

( you real name is not paul, by any chance????:D :D

Mark _

May 28, 2013 4:10 PM

@richard - the FIA statement on PitPass states that they could use the 2013 car as long as all teams were allowed to participate. Assuming that the FIA statement is correct then it seems that Pirelli are more to blame than Mercedes.

Nelson - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 4:39 PM

It is ludicrous that the FIA have given permission to test IN the 2013 season and now say it MIGHT not have been legal. The FIA must know what there own rules are! I also can't believe that no one knew about it... with communication the way it is these days ALL teams must have known: at the latest when the first laps at Barcelona were under way. So why did they stay quiet? In was a 3 day test and don't tell me that no one got on the phone to ring around. Ross knows how strict the test ban rules are and he would not have done it unless he really thought he had backing from the FIA. It smacks of a set up! The whole point is, Pirelli tyres are mega rubbish this year and need serious testing with current cars, NOW, before the whole season becomes a joke. So less of this high and mighty is it legal or not stuff - get the whole lot of them together, go testing until we get some tyres ALL teams can RACE on so that we can see some proper races!

nelson - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 4:48 PM

I can't believe all these comments from would-be lawyers talking as if they know what is right and wrong... F1 is in serious trouble this year because the tyres don't allow ANYONE to RACE. We all thought Ferrari and Lotus were the only teams that had it resolved and every other team was clueless. One race after that, Ferrari were nowhere so it just makes a mockery of things. This year's tyres have to be tested, at best by all teams. Apparently the regs say Pirelli can choose ONE team to test this year's rubber on this year's car... strange reg but if that is what it says then so be it. The FIA seems to say the test must be open to ALL teams, so there right away is a contradiction... something the F1 rules are good at allowing. Once again the lack of clear rules cause an embarrassing cock-up... typical F1!!

Thorborg - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 6:13 PM

Simple. Just allow all the other teams to do a test under similar circumstances (not knowing which tyre is which).

That way Pirelli will get a mass of valuable data and the other teams can stop whining as they will either see that Merc gained no advantage from the test or if Merc did gain an advantage the playing field will be levelled.

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