F1 » Red Bull, Ferrari to 'go private' rather that do Young Driver test?

Having seen Mercedes escape lightly from the FIA Tribunal, are two of the German marque's biggest rivals considering running the same private testing gauntlet?

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June 24, 2013 11:12 AM

All 10 other teams should be allowed to test tires for Pirelli and under the same conditions as Mercedes. That would be fair and then everyone would be on an even playing field.

If they run 1000k on their own, the FIA are either going to look like a bigger joke or are they going to crack the whip. This should be interesting if it comes to fruition.


June 24, 2013 12:14 PM

Difference would be that Red Bull could not use the excuse that they were acting in good faith and that they thought that the FIA had sanctioned the test - unfortunately that barn door has now been closed by Mercedes on their way out! Red Bull have been saying it is wrong and contrary to the rules so if they now go ahead and do it themselves they could find themselves in a lot more hot water than Mercedes.


June 24, 2013 12:16 PM

Yup, they broke the rules, and yes, it was equally clear that the rules and expectations from the FIA lacked clarity. So Mercedes either took advantage of the situation and tested, knowing the penalty would be light, or they truly felt their actions were legitimate. Either way, the FIA has clarified the rules going forward, and if RB or Ferrari were to conduct a private test, the FIA would be forced, and rightfully so, to issue a very severe penalty. Time to move on an direct their energies to clarifying the rules and creating an environment in which their sole tire supplier is prepared to remain in the sport. Last time I checked, a Caterham was as quick as a Red Bull while sitting in the garage without tires.


June 24, 2013 12:26 PM

Where are these two idiiots going to get tires from? And hasn't Ferrari already had 2 test? It wouldn't surprise me to see Red Bull try it as 3 times last year when asked not to break rules, they did.


June 24, 2013 2:02 PM

rob. there is absolutely nothing preventing Pirelli providing tyres! again, they have individual contracts with the teams to provide tyres for whatever purpose. they could well , legally, be running tests with a 2011 car (as your favouritre team, Ferrari did!)

anyway, it is all a story of conjecture, nothing else. you can bet your bottom dollar that neither Ferrari or rbr would even consider running a test.

and it is not even april 1 !!!!

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