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Mercedes: We didn't test - Pirelli did

Harris said that the Mercedes test in Spain in May was planned and conducted in exactly the same manner as Ferrari's earlier session, and that Whiting's approval had been sufficient in that case without raising the matter to the full World Motor Sports Council for authorisation.

If that was okay and not a breach of article 151c of the Sporting Regulations in Ferrari's case, the barrister asked, then why were the rules different now for Mercedes?

The tribunal continues at the FIA's headquarters in Place de la Concorde. The hearing is expected to finish this afternoon, although the panel's ruling might not be issued until a later date.

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June 20, 2013 1:17 PM

If they let Mercedes get off on this one the other teams will start testing like crazy. There goes the no testing during the season. As long as a third party runs the testing they can do as much as they want.

Sasha Alexandrovich

June 20, 2013 12:58 PM

So, Mercedes, it would be ok for Ferrari to run 1000km when the test is undertaken by an electronic manufacturer of steering wheel components to check if all systems work fine under all conditions. Or the brake manufacturer runs a 1000km test with Lotus to check how the brakes operate under certain conditions. Or for all I care Red Bull Drinks undertakes the test and hires RBR to check if the system that provides the driver with fluids will work for at least 1000km. Can of worms.

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