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 9:48 PM

ty. well, lulu went backwards ok but not as fast as heretofore, so maybe they did get an advantage. but funny that it was nico who had the problems today. he was able to manage the tyres better before the changes, but now he was worse off, so the balance of the car has definitely changed, upsetting nico but favouring lulu.

sunny, I thought I saw an official statement from hankook saying they were not interested?
but it is hard to envisage any tyre company being prepared to have their name sullied for producing tyres to fia requirements....lasting only a dozen or so laps!


June 09, 2013 10:34 PM

I don't see the cut and dry advantage you do.
The Mecedes tyre wear has been inconsistent all season so far and this is a track Lewis is good at.
Silverstone will be the bigger tell.
But by then hopefully the case will be closed and penalties known.
Roll on the 20th.



June 09, 2013 11:18 PM

Richard, I too saw the Hankook statement.
Re the Mercedes car balance, it looks like their experimenting with car balance has suited Lulu more than Rosberg this time out, but still Lulu added car balance and traction to his braking problems that he says the team must solve.
Car balance is more tricky to get right this year as the FIA mandated minimum weight of the car is now stated as front and rear axle weights combined so teams has a lot less adjustments to play with for when the car is on the move and so being may be at three times the static minimum weight.


June 09, 2013 11:21 PM

Dr. Marko should look at his own backyard. I don't agree with ban or hefty penalty either. I suspect this is the handiwork of the RBR and its PR (of course, good section of British press). I don't see any BIG deal with what Mercedes did compared to what RBR did repeatedly (can quote right now a few violations/exploits etc).

If Mercedes get penalized heavily, they MAY quit F1 altogether. This will effectively deliver a big blow to the entire sport. So I don't see any possibility. Bernie won't let his happen at any cost. If he wants he can throw away Jean Todt :p


June 09, 2013 11:30 PM

Thats funny, Barcelona and Canada are completely different tracks, and as it was said, the tire wall stresses at Barcelona are heads and tales above what you see at a stop and go like Canada, despite the brief chicanes.

Seat time might have benefited Lewis more than Nico, but the tires and setup would have been negligible seeing as how Canada and Barcelona are two completely different circuits requiring very different considerations and setup issues.


June 10, 2013 8:55 AM

Looks like he is trying to set himself up as the next Bernie - spouting a pre-judgement without being quite so open about the facts of the case. Now waiting to see the reaction from other teams because the fans do not matter in F1.


June 10, 2013 12:49 PM

saintsman. at least marko has some credentials in f1 and can say what he wants. he is totally correct and others have also said that. if a private test by a non competitor (Pirelli) is seen as permissible, then Renault (a non competitor) can request a rb9/10 for "testing" and so rbr could gain fantastic info on the new engines.

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