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Horner: Ferrari tyre test 'not comparable'

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says the tyre tests carried out by Ferrari and Mercedes can't be compared
Red Bull boss Christian Horner has moved to defend rivals Ferrari in the ongoing Pirelli tyre test row after the Scuderia was asked by the FIA to provide information into the test it conducted in Spain.

After news broke that Mercedes had used its 2013 car to test with Pirelli following the Spanish Grand Prix, it also emerged that Ferrari had carried out a similar test ahead of the Barcelona race.

The main difference however was that Ferrari carried out its test using a two-year-old car and for that reason, Horner said he had no issues with the Italian team's actions.

"Ferrari's position is different, even if they have used their official reserve driver, the car was not its 2013 one," he told Autosprint. "The two facts are not even comparable.

“What do we expect from the FIA after our complaint? That the matter be analysed quickly and fairly.”

Horner did concede however that Mercedes weren't the only ones to blame for the current situation and that some of the fault lay with Pirelli.

“Everyone in F1 is subject to the rules,” he said, “teams, drivers and suppliers, such as Pirelli itself. The rules also apply to them.”




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Taz

June 04, 2013 1:09 PM

@Rob Pushing the boundaries on a car design is one thing, they all do it not just Red Bull. This is the tyres though and as it's one supplier the treatment should be equal across all teams. One team benefited from it's race drivers getting 1000k in this years car and a circuit that is used for testing and is a race circuit, this wasn't straight line runs. Also a 2013 tyre was used, Pirelli have confirmed this. These are facts and even if they didn't get a sporting advantage it's unfair and outwith the rules.

richard

June 04, 2013 1:58 PM

rob. my god, you really have the hate for red bull down to a fine art! a topic on tyres and you turn it into a tirade against clever innovations by newey. none of which were illegal. if it were not for the likes of newey, chapman, byrne etc, we would be watching f1 use single cylinder benz quadricycles still! I don't like the tyre dispute, but if, as merc claim, it was within the rules, then we have to accept it. when a team deliberately breaks the rules, then they should be punished. if legal, so be it! I have not heard you comment on the McLaren attempt to use an illegal bent floor, or their use of a third pedal to create traction control. when merc debuted the ddrs last year, you didn't complain. but it was deemed legal even if outside the spirit, as was the f duct by macca. and how about coanda? that is illegal as per the rules, but as everybody uses it, the fia allow it.



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