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GP Week : Issue 183
TEST FURORE Merc, Pirelli to get “please explain” THE FIA’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT WHILE the issuing of official results from Monaco means that Nico Rosberg’s win cannot be challenged, the so-called ‘secret test’ saga, revealed on race morning via protests from both Red Bull and Ferrari, is far from over. Mercedes F1 completed 1000km of testing with Pirelli in the days following the Spanish GP, ostensibly under a provision allowing Pirelli to request that a team carry out testing for it, aimed at resolving some of the current tyre issues. However, the test may have transgressed rules which require that (a) any such test not use a 2012 or 2013 car, and (b) that all other teams be offered the same test opportunity. Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes there is no problem: " We've explained to the stewards what was done and it's now up to them," he said. " We're comfortable with the position we're in." However, the matter is likely to go to the FIA International Tribunal. Brawn also described the word ‘secret’ as inflammatory – as the test had begun on the day after the race, while several teams were still packing up from the previous day’s race! In the end, the dispute could well hinge on the interpretation of whether “offering the opportunity for every team” refers to the day in question, or to further in-season testing in general, one team at a time. "At the beginning of May, the FIA was asked by Pirelli if it was possible for it to carry out some tyre development testing with a team, using a current car. Within the contract Pirelli has with the FIA as a single supplier, there is provision for them to carry out up to 1000km of testing with any team - provided every team is offered the opportunity to do so. " P irelli and Mercedes-AMG were advised by the FIA that such a development test could be possible if carried out by Pirelli, as opposed to the team that would provide the car and driver, and that such tests would be conditional upon every team being given the same opportunity to test in order to ensure full sporting equity. " Following this communication, the FIA received no further information about a possible test from Pirelli or from Mercedes-AMG. Furthermore, the FIA received no confirmation that all teams had been given an opportunity to take part in this test. " In addition, with regard to the application of the sport's rules, including principles of sporting equity, it should be remembered that the International Sporting Code provides that on the basis of a report of the stewards of the meeting, or on its own initiative, the prosecuting body of the FIA may bring a matter before the International Tribunal. " T he Tribunal may decide to inflict penalties that would supercede any penalty the stewards of the meeting may have issued. Such procedure would be followed in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules." F1 >>> NEWS 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: