F1 » HAVE YOUR SAY: How should FIA deal with Mercedes test row?


The fall-out from Sunday's news that Mercedes and Pirelli had conducted three days of testing in Barcelona has now come to rest with the FIA, but how should the governing body react?

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tim - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:30 AM

Perhaps Pirelli should test their tyres on bicycles if they are only allowed to use two year old cars. It's sort of like a software engineer nowadays learning how to program using Windows 3.1

Kim - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:55 AM

Pirelli & Mercedes hire the Barcelona Circuit for a further three days, invite all the other teams and gives each team 1000km of testing. Same number of tyres for each team as used by Mercedes. All costs incurred by the teams to be covered by Mercedes and Pirelli.

Mercedes are of course not allowed to participate in the test.

Stu - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 11:58 AM

$100000000 fine and loss of all constructors points. Plus if any mercedes driver in a position to win the drivers championship deliberately throw it as not to cause the FIA too much embaressment. President set before I believe.

Alex - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:01 PM

Ross Brawn definitely knew what he was doing and took a calculated risk. Just doing what he did in his Ferrari days with the current FIA president Jean Todt, Bridgestone comes to mind....

Guess he thinks they can get away with it or the advantage Merc gained far outweighs whatever penalty the FIA might impose.

1000km is more or less 3GP races, they should be given a 3 race ban starting from Canada, so other teams can get the equivalent of data Merce gleaned from the testing.

Taz

May 28, 2013 12:05 PM

FIA found wanting with their rules....again.

Pirelli, what can you do? dump them as a tyre supplier with no one in a rush to come and replace them.

Merc, big fine or a one race ban.

Luke - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:06 PM

1 of 2 ways - Ban Merc from Cancada or allow a test session at Barca and exclude Merc.

I see Brawn gone for causing Merc negative publicity - looked like he was on his last anyways.
Pirelli won't get a contract extension/renewal!

Steffen Vagt - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:22 PM

If there is such a great need to get the tyres tested it should be a three day test for all teams. Regular in-season testing.
Mercedes has gained a lot of information on how their car works the tyres. Information they needed to close the gap. Undoubtly they have benefited from this test and therefore got an unfair advantage in the championship battle. Either exclude them or ban them from a number of races.
If Mercedes prove to be competitive in the race at Montreal, which is known to be hard on tires, then no doubt they have got an unfair advantage.
This kind of test should be carried out by Pirelli and not the team. Means Pirelli runs the car with their test driver and they log all data and telemetry not sharing it with the team. In this case it was Mercedes running the car with their race drivers and logging data and telemetry. Ideal conditions for car development, but not for tire testing...

Steffen Vagt - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 12:22 PM

If there is such a great need to get the tyres tested it should be a three day test for all teams. Regular in-season testing.
Mercedes has gained a lot of information on how their car works the tyres. Information they needed to close the gap. Undoubtly they have benefited from this test and therefore got an unfair advantage in the championship battle. Either exclude them or ban them from a number of races.
If Mercedes prove to be competitive in the race at Montreal, which is known to be hard on tires, then no doubt they have got an unfair advantage.
This kind of test should be carried out by Pirelli and not the team. Means Pirelli runs the car with their test driver and they log all data and telemetry not sharing it with the team. In this case it was Mercedes running the car with their race drivers and logging data and telemetry. Ideal conditions for car development, but not for tire testing...

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