F1 » Mercedes and Pirelli get reprimands for 'secret' tyre test

International Tribunal confirms verdict on 'secret' tyre test by Mercedes and Pirelli, with both getting reprimands, while the former is also banned from taking part in this year's Young Driver Test

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June 21, 2013 1:35 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.

Steve Huckaby

June 21, 2013 1:39 PM

It's OK to "cheat" if Whiting tells you it's OK to do so!! The FIA said asmuch, but has to save face by finding someway of punishing them anyway.

This a spirit of the law vs. letter of the law case. If sport is top of mind, you care about the spirit, but if business, meaning extract EVERY advantage you legally can, then you only care about meeting the letter. It's clear what was most important here. Do you really think any other team on the grid wouldn't have done the same.


June 21, 2013 1:42 PM
Last Edited 1048 days ago

@Steve Huckaby

Where in the rules did it say they could use the race drivers for the Pirelli test?

FIA certainly comes out of this looking as silly as a monkey f*****g a football :)

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