F1 » Marko: Free pass for Mercedes 'would open Pandora’s box'

Red Bull Racing's high profile motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has warned that unless Mercedes are punished for their recent Pirelli tyre test, the FIA could lose control of the situation.

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June 09, 2013 3:58 PM

Agree there Rob however he speaks some sense in this aspect.

Marko denied that this was just another example of what F1 teams have always done - pushing things to the very limit in the pursuit of a winning edge. "There's the boundaries and there's jumping off a cliff," Marko had earlier told Sky Sports F1 on Friday.

"To push the limits is nothing unusual, but that was clearly too close for comfort," he said. "We want clarification, and secondly - if it is really a significant breach - we want to see punishment by the FIA."


June 09, 2013 4:25 PM

There are rumours that the outcome of the hearing could decide Merc's long term future in F1. With that in mind I hope the FiA don't bottle it (again) and give them a little slap on the wrists. A financial penalty is pointless, removing constructors points is futile since they have no chance of winning the championship anyway. The best penalty is a 2 or 3 race ban, teaches them a lesson and benefits the other teams who are the real victims of their cheating ways.
Sadly I wouldn't be surprised if Brawn gets set up as the fall guy and gets the chop and Merc get a fine and a suspended ban.


June 09, 2013 5:18 PM


The whole saga will be analysed to death by the tribunal.

I believe if they are found guilty the result of today's race will have a huge impact on the final sanction/penalty.

What do you think?

It's good to talk.

George Zaidan

June 09, 2013 6:15 PM

I agree with Dr. Marko, Mercedes need to be punished for deliberately breaking the rules to gain an unfair advantage for their team. Of course they were monitoring every kilometer their cars were out on the track.


June 09, 2013 7:31 PM

ty. not a bad idea dropping merc for 3 or 4 races. that would allow the others to get their 1000kms of experience with the new tyres, and even up the advantages.
wolff says that brawn will not be the scapegoat....does this mean that merc realise that they WILL need a scapegoat? but wolfs denial maybe a death sentence in disguise.
brawn had been hinting at retiral at end of year, so this could still well be on. as for merc? yes they could still pull out as shareholders are still unhappy. and Pirelli? I can see them dropping out as all their comments are critical of f1, and Michelin have been talking with relevant bodies.


June 09, 2013 9:21 PM

Richard and OTOH After today there can be no doubt that Mercedes have gained an advantage and that simply is not fair. It's not exactly the same track as Barcelona but it was a fast, dry, warm track and the difference in Merc's tyre wear between Spain and Canada was like night and day.
Ban them, it's the only way that the opposition can make up the advantage that Mercedes have illegally gained.


June 09, 2013 9:23 PM

Taipan, fully agree, what you suggested is just about the mileage advantage they made on all the others with their current car and drivers.
Pirelli seems to have given up on using the new Kevlar construction tyre at Silverstone, I too can see that Pirelli wants out of F1 next year and I don't blame them, they played their part to the powers that be with all the consequences being carried solely by them, there out to be a lot of politics and hidden hand/s behind this mess.
Meanwhile, rumours doing the rounds are abundant, Hankook has been in talks with MR F1. MR F1 has lined up Cooper Avon as a backup, Michelin had had talks with FIA, JT prefers them over others.

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