F1 » ‘Confident’ Brawn gave green light for test

Ross Brawn has played down suggestions that sanctioning Mercedes' part in the now controversial Pirelli test may impact on his position within the team.

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June 08, 2013 10:19 AM

Whichever way this mess is twisted the FIA sporting regulations forbid the use of a current car for any form of testing other than within strict limits which the Mercedes one fell out.
No matter how strictly controlled the test might have been any running a team does is always beneficial.
Waiting for two days for the track/place to clear, the strict security, trying to cancel the drivers from being recognised makes for all the ingredients of intending the test to be as secret as possible.


June 08, 2013 11:57 AM

I have waited a while and no additions to the six, so I ask all or any of the six, is there any counter argument/s?, if so any will be welcomed, no need to be shy or one eyed by the one you support.


June 08, 2013 12:21 PM

i think hes been here a few times has ross brawn, and he seems quite good at it too. i dont recall him mentioning charlie whiting at any point in the proceedings, he left that to nikki lauda, he may even have said something along the lines that 'nobody (the other teams) asked us'. he did however state again the issue of safety. can pirelli claim safety isnt a problem for mercedes without testing the current car, why else would you contact the fia's safety delegate.:-D. thankfully there is a higher than normal chance of a race breaking out on sunday :-)


June 08, 2013 12:42 PM

I don't know if any of you watched the press conference, but ross was very uncomfortable. he DID say that the decision was entirely his and that lauda or wolff were not consulted. when asked about emails he clammed up and said that was for the tribunal. now, if he was wanting to reinforce his stance, AND he had an email, the pc would have been the best place to mention it. hemberys absence "for legal reasons" was also very telling. if Pirelli were confident, why not let hembery be there?


June 08, 2013 5:08 PM
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I like when the teams and drivers search for loopholes and exploits to gain an advantage over their competitors.

Sort of in the same spirit as the famous quote from Ayrton Senna "..if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you're no longer a racing driver.."

Now if it turns out that Mercedes has not been in the wrong, there is nothing more to say really. And if they are deemed wrong, I still applaud them for their efforts. I mean, If they were wrong, they and only they will suffer the consequences.

This is only my opinion, I respect that some people think this is 'morally disgusting'.

I am rather annoyed with the trash talking by Horner in this matter though. That they filed a complaint is fine and I think that they should, just in the same spirit as mentioned above, but not the public trash talk.


June 08, 2013 6:06 PM

I'm really bored of this tyre testing nonsense. Such a big deal, is it? I follow Ross since Senna era. He is a great Briton with impeccable character and integrity. If FIA implicates Ross then I'm going to award Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone with one F1 Razzie award each :p

Just shut this crap and let's all focus on the season as it's a long way to go for sure!


June 08, 2013 9:36 PM

Pirelli are now hinting that it will not be possible to use the new Kevlar construction tyre at Silverstone as agreement from all teams are most unlikely,
They intend to solve the delaminating problem by using a different bonding glue.

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