F1 » No decision from Tribunal on Thursday

There will be no decision announced from the International Tribunal on Thursday, said officials, as Pirelli started its defence with a stark repudiation of the hearing's jurisdiction.

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June 21, 2013 1:18 PM

A reprimand and suspension from the young driver test it is! Exactly what the Mercedes lawyers suggested. Seems a bit sus, but I suppose it's a good way of redressing the balance, given Mercedes will now lose three days of testing compared with all the other cars.


June 21, 2013 1:22 PM

You're right taz, they won't be able to develop the drivers. It's a real shame, I was looking forward to seeing the new 5 element design on Nico Rosberg's lips.

Come on, testing is FAR more about working on the car than anything else. As long as you have a competent driver in it you can compare the old setup with the new setup quite adequately.


June 21, 2013 1:24 PM
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Aye, right. They've basically got of with cheating on a legal loophole and because the FIA were to scared to p1ss off a manufacturer of their size.


June 21, 2013 1:33 PM

From what I've read, their lawyers were able to successfully argue that the FIAs total rule set was vague and in places contradictory on the issue, and that their staff (e.g. Charlie Whiting) only added to that inclarity. I was expecting them to get a bigger punishment, but looking at it purely in terms of gains and losses, this should fairly well redress that balance: Mercedes has a restricted test (not all information available to them, trying to keep it on the down-low etc) but with their proper drivers, whereas everybody else will have an unrestricted test with young drivers. Seems like much of a muchness to me.


June 21, 2013 1:37 PM


The only redress is to allow the other teams a 1000k test with their race drivers, a dangerous precedent has now been set.

Fact is they broke the rules by exploiting a loophole, certainly not in the spirit of the rules and cheating in many peoples eyes, mine included.

Your basically saying it's okay to cheat and get off with it when your caught.


June 21, 2013 1:53 PM

taz. you are on form today! but you are right. the only thing I would add is that there was no loophole. it wa deliberate misinterpretation of the rules. yes fia were partly responsible (read ..whiting) but at the end of the day, merc and Pirelli were found guilty of breaking the rules. I wonder if rbr and Ferrari will appeal the ruling? but I don't think that they will, as they could use this as a lever to get some testing of their own.

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