As the FIA awaits the arrival of Pirelli and Mercedes at the International Tribunal, the question could be centered on just how much of the Barcelona test was ran by Mercedes and how much was ran by Pirelli. The FIA was keen to suggest that the tests were approved if they were ran by Pirelli and to that point, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has offered a heralding account of the test in defense of Mercedes:
“It was a full on Pirelli test – they dictate what we do,” Rosberg told Sky Sports News.
“We have no say whatsoever – they say you are doing that, that, that and that and the engineers that they have run our programme. So it is not for us to learn anything or to decide on anything that we do.”
This may be the case but it has also been suggested that any test, regardless of who ran it, is a chance to take a closer look at other parts of the car and that is what some teams could be concerned over. Would Mercedes be upset if Red Bull were allowed to test their 2013 chassis for 1,000km? The damage Adrian Newey could do with a test like that would be significant.