F1 » Mercedes 'gained advantage' from Pirelli test

The FIA's International Tribunal rules that Mercedes did gain an advantage from its tyre test with Pirelli

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June 21, 2013 2:58 PM

Ross Brawn has now shown himself to be perhaps the most powerful man down there in the paddock. Everyone who faces him get swept aside. And now this FIA tribunal is his latest scalp. He does whatever he chooses ,even when he goes against rules to gain an advantage he gets away with it scot-free. Correction, he tells the FIA what he wants them to give out as a sanction, and they obliged to the letter. Bl***y Ridiculous!


June 21, 2013 4:18 PM

Not only found to have gained an advantage but also found to have broken/breached article 22.4 also found to have brought the sports into disrepute.
And the tribunal also found that Charlie Whiting had given “qualified” approval to test.
After these findings the tribunal took and implemented the suggested penalty by the accused (Mercedes).
In my opinion the FIA has been exposed to total ridicule by the actions of Charlie Whiting, his position is now unattainable.


June 21, 2013 4:26 PM

I dont agree with the ruling and they got off a little easy but at least Merc didnt get banned for doing less than Ferrari.

Case Closed. Time for the haters to find some other angle to attack.

Mark _

June 21, 2013 6:42 PM

@richard - Ferrari got to run their own test for half of a day once Pirelli were done, unlike Merc who did not have say in what settings or tires were evaluated. One was a Ferrari test and one was a Pirelli test.


June 21, 2013 7:04 PM

mark. as far as I am aware, that is something insinuated by merc, but no evidence was produced. however, if Ferrari did a test of their own and used a current car, then I agree that they broke the rules and should be punished. but as merc have set a precedent, then fia will and cannot do, anything.

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