As usual, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has a way with words. Adam Cooper got the scoop from Mr. E himself on the Mercedes/Pirelli test and it seems the ring leader thinks Merc should have just said “no” to testing:
“I don’t care. It makes no difference to me. What is right, is right, you know. The one thing an unmarried girl has got is the right to say ‘no’,” he said.
“You would have to reckon that Mercedes were in that position…”
Ecclestone was speaking of the implication that Pirelli did something wrong with the test. According to Mr. E, Pirelli haven’t done anything wrong and the entire issue really boils down to no testing. Had the series allowed for testing, Ecclestone believe we wouldn’t be in this tumult:
“Wait until the tribunal, they’ve got all the facts,” Ecclestone said. “If you offer me stolen goods, it’s up to me to decide whether I want to accept them or not. It’s not up to anyone to tell me what I should do. I should know what I should do.
“Pirelli were doing the right thing, obviously. They couldn’t get out of a tyre problem, if there had been proper testing, which there should be, they wouldn’t be in this problem.
“It’s only because there’s no proper testing that they’re in this problem. As people have been complaining, the obvious thing to do was to get out of it by testing. And they asked.”
Will this whole debacle impact Pirelli’s desire to stay in Formula One? Ecclestone says he doesn’t thinks so and that Pirelli already have contracts with teams for next year so the rumors of Michelin coming into the sport for 2014 seem less likely and perhaps with the approval of in-season testing we will avoid these issues in the future.
Adam does offer some interesting thoughts about Ecclestone’s feelings over Mercedes boss Ross Brawn but you’ll have to venture over to his sight to read that as that’s Adam’s thoughts and he can explain those much better than I can.