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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F1init - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:17 PM

Whinging Ferrari and Red Bull. Who cares really, the public deserve better racing and if a tyre tests goes someway to provide that, who cares!
Stop whining and get racing! Ferrari have had more than their fair share of leg ups over the years so who are they to whinge!

It's done it again! Clearly I talk too much for this site!!! Fortunately I've caught it in time, so for anyone interested, this is part 2 of my last post!! ...As I said earlier (again, not published) if anyone is to blame here it's the FIA & F1 in general. The FIA for not being clear on what it says & does (this is not the first time remember) & F1 generally for in fighting, bickering & using the rule book for backstabbing & political point scoring. They're all guilty of it, Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari et al. It's a shame that much of my last post was lost in a way. It explained what I'm trying to say much more clearly than I can be bothered to do now. Like many others I'm getting bored by all the conspiracy theorists & finding the demands of multi billion dollar fines & bans/embargos/extra homework tiring!!! I just hope this all sorts itself out soon so we can all get back to enjoying this sport again.

vinnie barbArinno - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 2:47 AM

They should be banned from the points @ the end of the season because they will get an unfair advantage to prep for next season. I say take their points away from Monaco and ban them for four races. Sorry Rosberg. How could uncle Nick, Wolf and Braun think that it was not cheating when everybody tries desperately to get and edge on one another without cheating. Mercedes is now associated with cheating thanks to the three stooges.

Sasha - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 8:26 AM

3-race ban for Mercedes and its drivers. 2 years probation, with a season exclusion penalty. Possibly the same fate for Ross Brawn as Briatore had.
Pirelli banned for the 2014 season. For all I care let Hancook make the tyres, or ****eSheng or whatever. Everyone can start 2014 on the same new tyres.

Sasha - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 8:38 AM

Quote: "& that is that it's ridiculous to assume that two companies such as Pirelli & Mercedes would do anything to get themselves into trouble with the FIA."

Honda did it, Renault did it, McLaren did it (with Mercedes as a large stakeholder), Michelin did it, Ferrari did it, Toyota got away with it, Williams did it in 1982, Benneton (with Ford) did it in 1994.
Toyota cot caught with their WRC cars in 1995.

Many companies do a lot of illegal or stupid things that can get them into serious trouble. Someone simply takes the decision that the risk is worth it or takes a gamble that they won't get caught.
To assume that Mercedes or Pirelli would not do such a thing is naive.


May 29, 2013 9:59 AM

it may be a little naive to assume that Mercedes management (Ross Brawn especially) hasnt had a team of well payed lawyeres go through the regs and found a grey area or loophole, and driven a couple of team buses and trailers of equipment right through it. I think we will end up with a new ruling

Jack Slayter - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 10:04 AM

This latest episode of supposed rule breaking proves once again that the FIA looks like being run by a bunch of incompetent people.
The way the FIA handles the sporting justice is a complete joke.

Pierre - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 10:41 AM

It is also a complete joke that Pirelli & Mercedes might have assumed that running a secret test is business as usual.
As always the FIA takes the heat and the manure on their face. But then, does anyone think the FIA cares?
Problem? What problem?

Yet another problem with future engine cost? What problem?

Now let's organise an afternoon tea & biscuit with the delegates from Burundi and Fiji who shall vote in the Sporting Tribunal.

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