F1 » FIA denies it approved Mercedes tyre test

The FIA has emphatically refuted Mercedes' claims that it gave permission for the private tyre test at the Circuit de Catalunya last month.

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June 20, 2013 11:05 AM

Seems like there has been a lot of passing the buck here by all parties involved, including the FIA.
I wonder what would happen if Pirelli were sanctioned by the FIA? Would they withdraw from their contract?
I believe the appropriate metaphor here involves a river of excrement and a Native American water vessel without any means of propulsion


June 20, 2013 12:19 PM
Last Edited 1045 days ago

Nice of Lauda and Wolff to send Brawn on his own, washing their hands of it.

It's obvious from other press statements (not reported here) that the FIA believe Merc are in clear breach of regulations.

The FIA's running of the sport and policing of fair application of the regulations is questionable, even if Merc probably do get found guilty the FIA won't come out of this smelling of roses in many peoples eyes.


June 20, 2013 1:17 PM

Even after ignoring the fact that the drivers were disguised, it is difficult to believe that Mercedes, who are in full knowledge of the regulations, did not check fully with the FIA that using a current car and driver had been properly sanctioned especially as this would require a change to the Sporting Regs.

Check out Sporting Regs 22.1, 22.4(h)


June 20, 2013 1:26 PM

mr fill. Mercedes should not even have had to check any codes/rule books etc. they are supposed to be professionals. if they believed that they had the right to test, why didn't they do this before? after all, their car has certainly needed testing well before now.

re lauda, he didn't turn up as he has already admitted that he knew nothing of the test before it was actual on. imagine standing up in "court" and admitting that your own employees did not even consult their boss, before exposing their employer to serious repercussions.


June 20, 2013 1:37 PM


Merc are guilty as sin as far as I'm concerned and are using a very thin legal argument to try and get of with cheating but I'm just saying the FIA could have handled this mess better.


June 20, 2013 2:33 PM
Last Edited 1045 days ago

rob. no he didn't! he was pulled back by the fia redefining the rules to close the loopholes!

ps. it was NEWEY who spotted the loopholes, not horner. give credit where credit is due.


June 20, 2013 4:15 PM

@richard & Taz
It appears Brawn phoned Whiting to ask if 2013 cars could be used for Pirelli testing. Whiting, on advice from the FIA legal eagles, said it would be ok subject to Pirelli inviting all the other teams to test and to demonstrate it had done so and that this was not binding. They then went ahead with the testing without getting back to Whiting or speaking to the other teams.
Key words are "subject to Pirelli inviting all the other teams to test and to demonstrate it had done so"
It was Pirelli who didn't invite the other teams, not Mercedes and if they falsely told Merc that they had, Merc could possibly wriggle out. However, if Merc knew the other teams had not been invited they are bang to rights.

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