F1 » Ferrari 'trusts FIA' over Mercedes decision

Luca di Montezemolo says he trusts the FIA's International Tribunal will make the right decision when it meets to discuss Mercedes' tyre test with Pirelli

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June 11, 2013 5:32 PM

"“Let's hope Formula 1 can maintain its professionalism and we have faith that those who attempt to circumvent the regulations are pursued and prosecuted, or rather more prosecuted than pursued."

Oooof, Lucu has made it pretty clear he wants the book thrown at Merc...can't argue really.


June 11, 2013 5:47 PM
Last Edited 262 days ago


I doubt it, they've signed up till 2020 (I think) and have a seat on the board and have a commercial agreement to supply McLaren, Williams & Force India? for 2014 so I don't think so.

I doubt the penalty will be as severe as McLaren got as they are a constructor, money comes 1st in F1 and sporting integrity 2nd.

They might be found innocent though and the GP2 test story and helmets with no race driver colour scheme could just be an unfortunate coincidence....cough.


June 11, 2013 5:50 PM
Last Edited 973 days ago

If Pirelli dont run next year Mercedes will have gained even less of an advantage.

... that said, there was probably no guarantee Mercedes would have had an edge testing Pirelli prototype tires, which have yet to be determined safe for next year. Lots of conjecture driving the advantage angle.


June 11, 2013 6:08 PM

the only reason Ferrari trust the FIA is because an ex Ferrari employee is in charge and how many times have Ferrari got away with things in the past due to the Ferrari International Assistance?


June 11, 2013 6:38 PM

Incredible for anybody following F1 racing to doubt that a team clocking 1000 km more than others with a current car and race drivers will not gain an advantage.
The tune of some posters sounds like they doubt the international tribunal will penalise Mercedes because they are a big company and important in F1, or put in another way they reason and bank on (hope so) on the assumption that the tribunal will not penalise Mercedes in a harsh way (proportional to the crime) because they are important in F1.


June 11, 2013 7:57 PM

Yah, who knows maybe next years tires are so different from the current crop that actually trying to examine the data vs this year's tires data wouldnt be helpful at all (different sidewalls, compounds, construction, etc...).

Nobody can say whether or not Mercedes gained a SIGNIFICANT advantage, and the degree of which unless all the facts are known. Lewis probably gained the most from that test, because he could get more to grips with a suspension system his teammate has been using for years. But to say whether or not Mercedes now have gained a decisive tire advantage with out knowing what kind of tires they were on is foolish at best.

Mark _

June 11, 2013 8:40 PM

It really doesn't matter if they gained an advantage or not. They appear to have broken the rule about in season testing. Unfortunately with F1 the penalties for rules violations are not well defined or consistent.

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