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- They used current drivers to be able to know what tire (current or next year) was being used, giving them a perfect baseline comparison with driving style taken into account, and with known track conditions having only just run a GP there and with no other running in-between.
- Of course they can say that how could they expect it to be private, no test would ever be private in F1, you just can't sneak an unaccounted tire out after a GP, Pirelli has to provide them. Indeed, to Ross Brawn this was a golden opportunity that might never come around again. The reason why there was never a follow-up with Charley whiting, was because that may have created correspondence that shut this window.
Sure they would be proven to break the rules, but here was a chance to minimise the drag - a way only receive a drive by when you just lapped the opposition.
When you put together such an orchestrated media response, perform all of the above steps, and get away with it - you have to wonder how m