F1 » Wolff: We can do no more

Mercedes' Toto Wolff admits that all is left is waiting for the outcome of FIA tribunal hearing into Barcelona 'testgate' affair.

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June 17, 2013 1:40 PM

I thought that Charlie Whiting offered 'guidance' to the teams and that sometimes that 'guidance' is over-ruled by the stewards or the WMSC. That would get him off the hook. I'm sure he is not allowed to bend the sporting regs all by himself.

Its looking more like how much will they get penalised rather than if...


June 17, 2013 1:51 PM

We can do no more.....

Other than blame the whole sorry episode on Ross Brawn and accept his resignation thus avoiding a lengthy ban.

Ross needs a sturdy book down the back of his pants right now as I feel he is about to get ass invaded!


June 17, 2013 5:21 PM

This statement/press release and or the write up/reporting continue to twist/push/pull all that was supposed to have happened.
Pirelli say the tyre test with Mercedes was aimed to develop 2014 tyres, if that is the case Mercedes has gained a track time of three days and 1000km advantage on all the other teams and added to that is the lead time before the others can sample those tyres.
If as is being said now the tyres were the intended new construction which were supposed to have been used in Canada Mercedes stole a march of 1000km of track time and the drivers gained exactly the same.
Whatever Withing did he could not on his own and neither on behalf of the FIA sanction that test.


June 17, 2013 6:05 PM

If Ferrari does this same test and interprets the rules to require a two or three year old car with a test driver, how can Merc defend their use of a current car with current drivers (anonymized with alternate helmets). How much "grey-area" could there possibly be?

Also, as Steve Matchett pointed out, every team puts out press releases every single time a car hits the track. Always. The press release from this non-secret-totally-above-board-and-legal-test seems to have been lost in the mail.


June 18, 2013 10:20 AM

Welt newspaper is reporting that Wolff and Lauda will not be accompanying Brawn at the tribunal (more signs that Brawn will be the fall guy)

And the Daimler board still have reservations about Mercedes involvement in F1.

Michael Muders of Union Investment said, "The groups multi-million pound investment in F1 brings nothing to anybody. In our opinion not a single car has been sold because Mercedes is represented by an F1 team"

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