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Mercedes to claim Whiting OK'd Pirelli test

Mercedes' defence at the forthcoming FIA tribunal is expected to claim that it received personal authorisation to use its 2013 car from race director Charlie Whiting.
Confirmation that the FIA has summoned Mercedes to face an international tribunal following its Barcelona test with Pirelli has produced a couple of twists to an already convoluted tale.

Both the team and tyre supplier insist that they were given approval to conduct the 1000km session at the Circuit de Catalunya with Mercedes' 2013 car, despite such an action being contrary to the F1 rulebook, which prohibits contemporary machinery from being employed lest it provide an unfair advantage at a time when in-season testing is expressly outlawed.

Mercedes' defence is now rumoured to include an email from FIA race director and safety delegate Charlie Whiting which, it is alleged, granted permission for the W04 to be used as Pirelli attempted to get to grips with both a spate of tyre failures and preparations for 2014.

The speculation, if true, could put the governing body – which cleared Ferrari of a similar testing misdemeanour because it used a 2011 car in Bahrain – in the tricky position of having to investigate the actions of one of its own. Whiting apparently revealed that the test had taken place during a pre-Monaco GPDA meeting.

However, Mercedes' claims that the test was above board took another blow to their credibility when it emerged that Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton wore plain helmets during the three-day session, disguising their involvement.

Asked about the apparent deception during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, the German apologised and insisted that he 'did not want to comment'.




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11.05.2013- Free Practice 3, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
24.09.2011- Qualifying, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
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20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 taking the checkered flag
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in parc fermee
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee
20.04.2014- The podium, winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee

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