F1 » Mercedes gained no Monaco advantage, admit rivals

Jenson Button and Mark Webber have both claimed that Nico Rosberg would probably have won the Monaco Grand Prix regardless of Barcelona test.

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May 29, 2013 9:05 AM
Last Edited 1068 days ago

Rosberg deserves his victory and that shouldn't be taken away in any circumstances but Monaco is an exception and they had a private test with a 2013 car, 2013 tyres and 2013 race drivers without permission, unless it was a colossal admin blunder by the FIA (good luck proving that Merc) then they should be punished...but not the drivers. Hit them where it hurts, revenue and a blemish on their marketing image with a 1-3 race ban. McLaren got clobbered.


May 29, 2013 10:34 AM

agree that monaco would not have been affected by the test. the test was to do with new compounds that are to b sed from montreal on. so lets see how the mercs perform in montreal. however, as I am reasonably sure hat the test would have entailed some running on current compounds as a yardstick, I think that merc would have gained some info. maybe it helped them a bit, but due to the nature o the track, nico could have controlled the race even on degrading tyres.


May 29, 2013 1:35 PM
Last Edited 1068 days ago

there is something really weird going on over the tyres!

Pirelli said that they wanted to revert to the softer sidewall Kevlar braced tyres, but the fia said they could not, and force india also vetoed the move.
now it transpires that the tyres merc were testing in barca, were indeed Kevlar braced, ad were to be used at montreal. so merc were being given free access to data on softer walled tyres, whereas all other teams would have designed their cars to run n the stiffer tyres.

now, Pirelli have said that the cars will not race on these softer tyres at montreal, but all teams can try them in practice!

is this a climbdown by Pirelli? and why did they choose one team only (the most affected team)?
has fia done an about face to allow the structura changes, which were not agreed by other teams?are fia complicit in all the shenanigans?

Jim Clausen

May 29, 2013 1:49 PM


I, too, do not like what has happened with the tires. If Pirelli provides a longer lasting tire race results will probably change. A top team that has an advantage in areas other than tire wear will probably dominate. Currently, If the tires were longer lasting Mercedes would probably run away with things. As much as the current tires are disliked, they have kept the competition much closer. Anytime I see F1 institute changes to make for racing parity I'm reminded of Nascar and what a farce it is.

Anonymous - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 2:09 PM

Guys, what is illegal about the test? As far as Im concerned the major issue is that Pirelli did not ask all teams if they wanted to test as well. Thats the problem I think, either way doesnt look good for Pirelli and the FIA.

Malachiah - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 2:54 PM

Button drivers a Mercedez engine and Mercedez probably shared the test info with both McLaren and FI so they didn't complain. Webber poor Webber the guy is trying to get fired anyhow. Redbull should just give the poor guy the mercy shoot and have him attend every race left as a 3rd driver while promoting Buemi to the second Redbull car for the rest of the season.

Sean - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 4:11 PM


Excellent information mate, superb post and great to see that we still have people offering constructive insight into this! ...

Thanks for the update, and yea, it certainly does look like a climbdown on Pirelli's part ...

Eventually .... the dots are beginning to join! Again, great post Richard. Thank you!

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