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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.

 

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  • KevinW

    It matters not at all whether they learned anything. The rules state no in-season testing with a current car, period. The issue in hand is whether they used a memo from the FIA that suggested that testing with a current car was possible if all teams were offered and afforded the same opportunity, as an excuse to hold a test with the current car without explicit approval, or in compliance with the conditions set forth in the memo. The tribunal will have to make the determination of whether Mercedes and/or Pirelli failed to meet the conditions of the memo and rules in place. They will review the data and procedure logs for the test, to determine whether the test itself was in accordance with the regulations concerning tire testing under Pirelli’s contract. This will determine the severity of sanctions place on them, if they are found in violation.

    • Tom

      You’re right that it doesn’t matter whether Mercedes learned anything. All that matters ate the rules.

      You are wrong though when you claim that regulations state that there cannot be in season testing with a 2011 car. This is only true for the individual F1 teams, not for Pirelli. Pirelli was explicitly allowed to run a 2011 car (under certain conditions).

      That’s why in a perfect universe, Mercedes wouldn’t have to fear anything. It wasn’t their test and that’s the end of it, no matter whether Pirelli met the FIA’s conditions or not.

    • Tom

      You’re right that it doesn’t matter whether Mercedes learned anything. All that matters are the rules.

      You are wrong though when you claim that regulations state that there cannot be in season testing with a 2011 car. This is only true for the individual F1 teams, not for Pirelli. Pirelli was explicitly allowed to run a 2011 car (under certain conditions).

      That’s why in a perfect universe, Mercedes wouldn’t have to fear anything. It wasn’t their test and that’s the end of it, no matter whether Pirelli met the FIA’s conditions or not.

  • charlie w

    Sorry, Nico. No matter whom or how the tests were directed, it was still illegal. It was probably best that you had said nothing at all about the incident to the media. But now, the FIA may even punish the drivers along with the team and Pirelli.

  • Fred

    “So it is not for us to learn anything” Either MB is not as smart as I think them to be or they must think we are not very smart to believe that statement.