F1 » Mercedes: We didn't test - Pirelli did

Mercedes has opened its defence at the FIA International Tribunal by claiming that the private test that took place last month was Pirelli's undertaking, not the team's.

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Sasha Alexandrovich

June 20, 2013 12:58 PM

So, Mercedes, it would be ok for Ferrari to run 1000km when the test is undertaken by an electronic manufacturer of steering wheel components to check if all systems work fine under all conditions. Or the brake manufacturer runs a 1000km test with Lotus to check how the brakes operate under certain conditions.
Or for all I care Red Bull Drinks undertakes the test and hires RBR to check if the system that provides the driver with fluids will work for at least 1000km.

Can of worms.


June 20, 2013 1:17 PM

If they let Mercedes get off on this one the other teams will start testing like crazy. There goes the no testing during the season. As long as a third party runs the testing they can do as much as they want.


June 20, 2013 1:52 PM

Lawyers are using the wording to argue well. Just have to see how it pans out - although if you e-mail Charlie Whiting and he says in an e-mail it is ok Merc can be forgiven a little.

For those that said that Merc got to test at the track before the race, the test was at the track they had just raced on - so no track specific benefit.

Sasha Alexandrovich

June 20, 2013 2:15 PM

If the argument of Mercedes is valid, than the FIA rules would not apply at all and you can go test anywhere at any time that you want. That's the point. Some tracks for this season still have some track time available, no problemo.

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