Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pirelli states that Mercedes gained no advantage from secret test

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli continues to state that Mercedes have gained no advantage from the secret tyre test it conducted after the Spanish Grand Prix, because they did not know what compounds were being used.In an interview to AUTOSPORT when asked if Mercedes could have gained an advantage in helping it understand its tyre problems, Hembery said: "Absolutely not, no. Because it's no relevance to what's happening here."

"It's completely regular in that we are allowed to do 1000 kilometre of tyre testing with any team," he said.

"In the World Rally Championship contract it's exactly the same. We can do it with a representative car.

"We've done it before with another team and we've asked another team to do some work as well."

"In reality we were looking at next year's solutions and trying a variety of different [things]," he said. "Mercedes haven't got a clue what on earth we were testing in reality.

"It was 90 per cent for next year. We only changed [our plans for 2013 work] at the last minute."

Most of the Mercedes' front running rivals are unhappy that the team had the opportunity to conduct a three-day 1000 kilometre test in the week after the Spanish Grand Prix, using their current race car and current race drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Although in-season test is banned in the Formula 1 regulations, it is understood that Pirelli has a clause in its contract with the teams that allows it to call upon a team to help it test products when it is necessary to do so. 

The FIA issued a statement after the race at Monaco where Mercedes and Pirelli claimed that they were well within the rules to carry out the said test.

In fact, Ferrari had carried out a similar "secret" test with Pirelli in April, but they used a 2011 car and provided test driver Pedro de la Rosa, since using current race drivers and race cars that are less than two years old are against regulations.

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