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It's been written elsewhere that Pirelli specifically asked the FIA if they could test with a current 2013 car, which was approved by the FIA on the condition that all teams were given the same opportunity. It is not Mercedes' responsibility to inform all the teams of what they do or don't do in their own time. To say the test was carried out in secret is laughable, especially at that track, where there is a hotel that overlooks the circuit! Hardly an ideal venue for a clandestine test!! It's also worth remembering why this farce has come about... Because Pirelli have no way of testing tyres in a real world environment: ie: on a race track in a contemporary car. Up until now they used a (extensively) modified Toyota & had been offered a Lotus (I think) to test this year, but that was vetoed by (the same?) teams who felt this would somehow give Lotus an unfair advantage! As a result Pirelli have developed the tyres for this year without anywhere near as much real world testing as they'v

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