F1 » Lotus withdraws Raikkonen from test

Kimi Raikkonen withdrawn from the Young Driver Test at Silverstone with Lotus electing to stick with its test drivers for all three days

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July 17, 2013 2:15 PM

So the testing allowed for GP drivers is so limited that there's no point doing it and Mercedes get copied in on all of the information gained on tyres anyway.

The Mercedes slap on the wrists turned into a pat on the back, they get all the info and don't waste any time or money doing the test, probably all sat on a beach somewhere listening to Toto's phone calls!

Mark _

July 17, 2013 2:25 PM

It is interesting how people defended. Ferrari for using an older version of their car at their test and are now critical of Merc for getting data from totally different cars. The rules are absurd. Don't hate the player hate the game.


July 17, 2013 3:06 PM

Mark, They young drivers test was opened to GP drivers so that they could have some of the opportunity that Merc had during their 1000km test. Now it seems the testing is so limited there is no point doing it. I'm guessing that the Merc 3 day test wasn't quite so limited.

Mark _

July 17, 2013 4:12 PM

Richard - there is a penalty. As you yourself stated Ferrari did not get any useful data by using their old car. How is Merc getting tire data from completly different cars any more useful than what Ferrari got? I realize that it is now popular to be hypecritical of Merc given their new driver but the test was changed after the penalty was given. That does not mean that the penalty automatically changes too. If F1 is not fair and level that problem is with the FIA not any one team.


July 17, 2013 5:17 PM

mark. Ferrari used an old car with completely different aero and tyre loading. more diffuser downforce, different static balance etc etc. merc got aero info which they utilised at the next gp. it was not solely about the tyres. but they broke the rules, Ferrari didn't.


July 17, 2013 5:24 PM

......just wait a second, Nicolas Prost, is that Alain's ("The Professor") son? Heard of him racing before but never knew he was still involved. Hasnt obviously being setting the tracks alight either......

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