Monday, June 17, 2013

Mercedes confident ahead of International Tribunal hearing

We are into week two of yet another three week break from Formula 1, and this is when interest is usually at its lowest. But rumours are spilling the mills with Mercedes, Pirelli and the FIA all set for a showdown at the Place de la Concorde in Paris this thursday.

With the expectation being that the International Tribunal should in all probability levy a hefty fine and maybe dock the constructors points and maybe even drivers points, there could just be another twist in the tale as reported earlier.

“I fear a hefty penalty,” Christian Danner told a German newspaper. ”Without functioning regulations, a sport like Formula 1 cannot exist. Depending on who has made a mistake, heads will roll – either at Mercedes or the FIA.”

Apparently there is some speculation that it is Ross Brawn who could be the fall guy for the Silver Arrows and according to Welt newspaper will not be accompanied to Paris by his fellow bosses Niki Lauda or Toto Wolff.

There have also been reports that Charlie Whiting could be in trouble, with the Guardian newspaper saying Brawn has an email from the FIA race director that incorrectly permits the test.

“We have nothing to hide,” Wolff told Welt. ”We have prepared our documents, on Thursday the judgement will come, and we’ll see if we can live with it.”

“We are not targeting this outcome or another; we do not even say there necessarily must be an acquittal. There is no judgement that we are expecting. Our belief is that we have done nothing wrong.”

With the Mercedes board having being split over their involvement in Formula 1 as a team, it is rumoured that any harsh action by the FIA could jeopardize the entire outfit at Brackley.

“The group’s three-digit million spending (on Formula 1) brings nothing to nobody,” said Michael Muders, of Union Investment.

“In our opinion, not a single car has been sold because Mercedes is represented by a team in Formula 1,” he added.

Jenson Button, whose McLaren is also powered by Mercedes customer engines, is not certain of the advantage, if any, the team and drivers have gained from the 'secret' test at Barcelona.

"Both drivers (Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg) have said no. If they did (get an advantage), they’d have to be lying,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “So I believe them.”

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