F1 » ‘Confident’ Brawn gave green light for test

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The problem for the FIA is that the information gleaned at the test, by Mercedes alone, cannot be unlearned at this point, nor can Pirelli afford to fund private tests for the rest of the teams to gain the same knowledge. This was not a breach of a gray area in the rules, it was a blatant disregard for a regulation that was forged in iron, that every team knew not to do. Desperation is no excuse, nor is ignorance to the regulation. The only acceptable punishment, aside from private tests for the teams who have not had one, is to exclude Mercedes from all results from the test date forward and seizure of all data from the test. Fairness cannot be achieved in any other manner. Being a good chap doesn't allow Brawn free reign to follow only rules of his choosing. Give Adrian Newey 1000 laps more tire data, than that of his competition, and the RB9 will finish every race 1-2 and be a minimum 45 seconds clear of 3rd.

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