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 2:30 PM
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Great result! Ross Brawn is the daddy once two FIA employees agreed that this was a Pirelli test and not a competitor's test the issue around the 2013 car went out of the window . The FIA needs to get their house in order so all of their employees are singing from the same hymn sheet. And i must agree with Horner regards clarity which the FIA has failed to deliver.

Now Nico and Lewis go kick butt on Sunday.


June 21, 2013 2:45 PM

F1 is no longer a legitimate race series. It's just baked for TV entertainment. The verdict is just a dash of drama, expertly timed between races for maximum exposure and controversy to keep the dialog going over the non-race weekend. The verdict was designed to maintain the continuity of the "show" at minimal embarrassment to a valued commercial partner. Merc now looks clever, not like cheaters - the show goes on... It's sad. At a time we have one of the hottest grids of drivers ever, the FIA is turning the entire sport into a sad joke.


June 21, 2013 2:57 PM

& in other news ...

Brembo will be testing 2013 & 2014 braking systems on a contemporary F1 car at Fiorano tomorrow & Sunday. Fernando Alonso has cancelled an appearance at a PR event, & apparently placed a special order for a plain grey / black helmet.
Due to Brembo's limited computational facilities, all data will be stored on secure servers at Ferrari, who may also be asked to assist with analysis of the data.


June 21, 2013 3:20 PM

Good job the tribunal scrutinised the evidence rather than take notice of the 'experts' here.

So they did get "qualified approval" from the FIA.
And claimed that they didnt know full approval had not been obtained. (A good wheeze that one).

It does seem an odd penalty though as the biggest losers are the Merc young drivers.

Biggest winners are (as usual) the lawyers


June 21, 2013 3:25 PM

This was just a case of damage limitation by the FIA. Clearly they did sanction this test in some tangible shape or form and the only way that they could walk away from this tribunal without having to outright admit as much was to provide a penalty that Pirelli and Mercedes would be prepared to accept so that their own liability in the matter could be swept under the carpet. The FIA was forced to take some form of action by the other teams. Why else would they have to pay their own legal fees and part of Pirelli & Mercedes if they had no accountability in this shambles?

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