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 5:21 PM

The 1000km Mercedes test certainly clarified things for Mercedes, 1000km over 3 days is not a lot of running, there would have been plenty of time for set -up changes, testing on track and validating new parts something which other teams didn't had the chance of doing, they (Mercedes) had the least developed coanda exhaust system, for Monaco they were running rear bodywork that uses the exhaust gases in a better way, they had revised brake ducts and also new suspension parts, all these items greatly affect the use of the tyres, does anybody believe that they didn't took the opportunity to test these items on track at the test which wonder of wonders wasn't supervised by the FIA.
This test falls under the responsibility of Charlie Whiting at the FIA so he is the part of the FIA that is supposed to have seen that everything was being done according to the rules.

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May 29, 2013 5:39 PM

Looks like this will only really amount to seat time for Nico and Lewis if they were on the different tires, all that needs to be done is have up to say two testing periods following the next few races for cars to test the new proposed tires before they come in to effect and problem solved. Allowing teams that cannot afford to test extra tires during FP1 might be a good thing too. Just exclude Merc from the testing and anyone who doesnt test, its on them.


May 29, 2013 5:50 PM

There still remains the fact that the FIA said the tyres cannot be reverted to last year's construction, now Pirelli was trying to get all teams to agree to race the new tyres in Canada which they didn't manage, they are now offering two sets for testing in Canada and say they intend the new tyres be raced in Silverstone, is the FIA going to eat up what it said or are Pirelli going to make another effort at getting all teams to agree the new tyre?


May 29, 2013 8:00 PM

When Hembury and Brawn were interviewed on Sunday they both said the test was run by Pirelli, not Mercedes and that the tyres were anonymous as the data was not for MB. They also stated that no new parts were allowed.

If the FIA accept that delaminating tyres are safe, I can accept the uproar but to ensure safety the tyres have to be tested to the limit. With the extra downforce nowadays, a 2010 car cannot test the tyres to the limit of a 2012 car, so testing to date has been incomplete.

It seems the fuss is more about nobbling MB than safety and is more about poor admin rather than strategic advantage.

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