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I'm not saying the rules allow current drivers. They don't. But there is this ridculous carve out for Pirelli to test without the same rigour of definitiion within it. So there's a grey area there and Mercedes interpreted it to their advantage as much as possible. And then Charlie said it was OK. Given the same approval i can't imagine any team that would have done differently. The FIA screwed this up big time in my book by giving a team permission to get away with something that "everyone knows is wrong" but might not technically be illegal. It's a farce.
Speaking of, does anyone else find it unbelievable that Pirelli is expected to develop tires without extensive testing using the very machines they are intended for. I wish they just allow one "tire" test for each team during the year or a general test milage limit with some percentage to be used for tire testing.