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Christian Horner questions if the punishment fits the crime over Mercedes' F1 tyre test

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paulbysea

June 26, 2013 5:33 PM

Christian Horner forgets all the times his team have bent the rules to suit Red Bull. The FIA took a pragmatic view of the situation, the guidance given to Pirelli and Mercedes was unclear. As a result if a stronger sanction was given it would have gone through the courts with the likelihood that it would been overturned.
Being banned from the young driver test is a gesture. What is more important is that the FIA have agreed to clarify the regulations about testing. Hopefully this will include a review of testing that includes some tyre testing days offered to all teams. I suggest a Monday after one or more GPs.

z33d

June 26, 2013 11:48 PM

@paulbysea - there is elements of truth in what you say but they cheated. You get more of a penalty for changing a gearbox mid-weekend than you do for being found guilty running your current race car in 1000km of testing. It's a nice opportunity to put a whole bunch of test parts through some heat cycles or put new components through a race distance and inspect wear without risking component failure. There was no ambiguity about whether you could test a 2013 spec car. I think a lot people would see this as a more blatant and reprehensible case of cheating than Maclaren possessing Ferrari documents but the penalties don't match. I do agree with your Monday idea.

pcxmac

June 27, 2013 4:10 AM

"It's a nice opportunity to put a whole bunch of test parts through some heat cycles or put new components through a race distance and inspect wear without risking component failure"

This is news to me, where did Merc say they were testing new pieces, and where did they say they were testing current tire specs?

People make a lot of presumptions about Mercedes behavior, but I doubt they have the facts to back it up.

Just imagine if Merc had tested at Canada just before the race with their 2011 car and won that race hands down. That wouldn't have been cheating at all, especially if the test was secret.

z33d

June 27, 2013 4:29 AM

"This is news to me, where did Merc say they were testing new pieces, and where did they say they were testing current tire specs? "

Where did I say they did test new pieces? There is no way of knowing if they did or not. It's a golden opportunity to test. All teams are working on new pieces for the car constantly. I would only guess that it would be highly unlikely Mercedes were driving 1000km unsupervised but chose not to bring any of those parts. My point was that there is no way of telling but the opportunity certainly existed. Also, why would Merc admit to testing new parts?

Huh? They're allowed to run a 2011 car. That's what they should have done and this is the norm. Have you wondered what their reason was to deviate from this? They didn't just decide - "oh we have a few of these lying around that we're not using".

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