FIA expands tyre test investigation to include Ferrari

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The FIA has brought Ferrari into the investigation of tyre tests conducted by teams for Pirelli.

Ferrari had joined Red Bull in protesting Mercedes over their participation in a three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

However Ferrari themselves are now facing questions from the FIA. Ferrari are also believed to have conducted a test for Pirelli between the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix. Unlike Mercedes’ test, it was conducted with a 2011-specification car rather than a 2013 model.

“The FIA has asked Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Team which have taken part in tyre tests in the 2013 season to reply to a disciplinary inquiry in pursuance of the FIA judicial and disciplinary rules,” said a statement issued by the sport’s governing body.

“This follows the stewards’ report from the Monaco Grand Prix and represents supplementary information required by the FIA in the light of the replies received from Pirelli, who were asked for clarifications on Tuesday May 28th.”

Red Bull and Ferrari made their protest under article 22.4 (h) of the Sporting Regulations which prohibits track testing: “Between the start of a ten day period which precedes the start of the first event of the championship and 31 December of the same year with the following exceptions:”

“i) One three day young driver training test carried out on a date and site approved by the FIA following consultation with all teams. No driver who has competed in more than two F1 world championship races may take part in this test and all drivers must be in possession of an International A Licence.”

“ii) Four one day aerodynamic tests carried out on FIA approved straight line or constant radius sites between 1 February of the current year and the start of the last event of the championship. Any of these days may be substituted for four hours of wind-on full scale wind tunnel testing to be carried out in a single 24-hour period.”

“iii) If a team declares that one of its current race drivers is to be substituted by a driver who has not participated in an F1 race in the two previous calendar years, one day of track testing will be permitted between the start of a ten day period which precedes the start of the second event and the last event of the championship.”

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80 comments on “FIA expands tyre test investigation to include Ferrari”

  1. Bet Ferrari are wishing they’d stayed schtum now…

    1. Funny, but either way Red Bull would have protest. And is clear that they are not againts the test but the used of 2013 car.

    2. Why would Ferrari wish that?

  2. *snigger*

    This is now looking to me like the FIA is seriously covering their own position now. Contractually obligated to allow Pirelli to test but not covered in the Sporting or Technical regulations? Looking politically grim now.

    Breakaway formula anyone?

    1. Ferrari and Red Bull and Lotus ain’t happy pups this year. Mercedes currently hold to much sway with the FIA with all these contracts with Mercedes owned companies.

      1. @liambo

        Mercedes currently hold to much sway with the FIA with all these contracts with Mercedes owned companies.

        – that’s a new one to me.

        What contracts are these?

  3. Unlike Mercedes’ test, it was conducted with a 2011-specification car rather than a 2013 model.

    They should be okay for that reason. I still think it’s grossly unfair on the other teams though who have not received such invitations – if one gets to test everyone should otherwise it’s guaranteed to become a farce.

    1. Yes, I am sure you are right. Ferrari used 2011 cars and so it is inconceivable that there will be any problem for La Scuderia. Rather the focus will shift to how Pirelli issued the invitations to test and what those invitations actually said. And also how selective they were of the responses.
      This is getting muckier and muckier and the only ones who will profit will be the lawyers!

    2. @vettel1

      Maybe not. Autosport is suggesting the 2011 Ferrari may not be different enough.

      1. @pandaslap I think that they can’t Use Current Year (2013) and year Before car (2012). A car of 2 years Ago was good to use

        1. @harsha

          You’re absolutely right regarding the sporting regulations but it has been suggested by Autosport that, due to the relative stability of the technical regulations in recent seasons, Ferrari might have a difficult time proving that they didn’t benefit from the testing even though they used an older, and legal, car. Since Pirelli is allowed to test with teams (older cars, of course) the tests themselves don’t break the rules. However, if the FIA finds that Merc and Ferrari gained a competitive advantage from the testing – which might explain the secrecy – then both teams may have violated the sporting regs.

          1. @pandaslap
            Well we have to wait and see what happens but i think Ferrari used the Car in legal way.

          2. By that reckoning, only a 2008 car would be ‘substantially different’. And the tyre profiles at that time were completely different too. No team can test a new Pirelli on a 2008 car, they might as well test chocolate tyres for all the sense it makes.

          3. The point is, there is really nothing that clearly discern between what year or not a car and or cannot be @harsha, @pandaslap.

            As mentioned in Keiths and GT_Racers below, the regulations specify that under track testing is

            using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year

            , so while its pretty clear that a 2013 and 2012 cars are explicitly mentioned, the fact that the 2011 car is not that different, leaves it up to Ferrari to prove that it is different enough from the current regulations not to infringe the rules.
            As @sundarf1 mentions, a 2008 (or older) would clearly be ok, but after that it could be tricky.

    3. Although @keithcollantine has raised a very valid point with regard to the technical regulations. Really though, this whole incident with testing shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

      1. @vettel1

        There are only 2 scenarios if you looking at it unbiased.

        1) Did Ferrari and Mercedes break the rules by infringing Technical regulation when they tested the cars with Pirelli irrespective of which year’s car it was ? If yes then both deserve equal punishment.

        2) If any team (Ferrari or Mercedes) tries to argue that even though they breached the technical regulation but they did not gain any advantage out of it – It is like saying “I broke into the house but I could not steal anything because the valuables were in a locker which could not be opened”. The matter of gaining advantage is a very subjective and can never be validated by anyone for both the cases of Ferrari and Mercedes. So it is not right to isolate one team for gaining advantage.

        Given the anonymity of all these test. It is becoming harder to believe any of the stuff any one team is saying – basically the trust factor is broken. The whole thing looks seriously messy and fishy. If the F1 biggies are worried that Red Bull and Vettel winning again is seriously damaging to the commercial aspect of the sport like ticket sales going down in Silverstone et all. This was not the way to fix the issue. I am sorry to say that it is very disheartening.

        All I can say is look across the pond to NASCAR. There has been an domination from Jimme Johnson and the Hendrick Motosports, but no-one complained the sport is boring. Just because Australia won the Cricket world cup many times in a row, no one complained Cricket is boring.

        Formula 1 should Start thinking about the Sport first and the commercials next. Then the sport becomes more interesting and the Commercials will be automatically taken care of !!!!

  4. I may all go down to legal hair-splitting. What is testing? If by testing we mean a team running its car and getting data on it, then Mercedes need not be guilty, if it turns out that they indeed obtained no data at all, as Pirelli was in charge of the running. Is there a definition in regulations of “team testing a car” as opposed to “team lending a car (and driver) to somebody else to drive it around a bit”? Once lawyers dig their talons into this, we may expect some surprising turns to this affair :-).

  5. What utter bureaucratic nonsense is this. Ferrari used a old chassis which in no way can be compared too the F138. I see now way they could drag Ferrari into this.

  6. Ferrari should be OK as not only did they use there 2011 car (That is allowed under the regulations) but they also used a non-race driver (De La Rosa) but the test was also run by Ferrari Clienti who are Ferrari’s customer car team.

    I would suggest that Ferrari are been called simply to find out how there test was conducted, What Pirelli did/didn’t tell them, What (If any) data was shared etc…

    1. not only did they use their 2011 car (That is allowed under the regulations)

      Which regulation?

      1. Thought been able to run a car 3yrs or older was written in the regs, However looking through them it seems that it actually isn’t.

        The wording of the sporting regulation (Article 22.1) states-
        “Track testing shall be considered any track running time not part of an event undertaken by a competitor entered in the championship, using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula 1 technical regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year,”

        1. Indeed, and in that light it will be hard to make a clear distinction between those tests.

        2. John Bergqvist (@)
          1st June 2013, 8:40

          However, Ferrari could say that Ferrari Clienti are not the competitor that’s entered into the championship (which is Scuderia Ferrari), so those regs don’t apply. Also, GT_Racer, do you have an email account or Twitter profile that I could get in touch with regarding some FOM enquiries? thanks :) My Twitter account is: @FOM_Fan

    2. Agree with GT_racer. I’d like to add that the other difference between Mercedes and the Ferrari running is that the regs also state that it must be a Pirelli test not a team test. Ferrari used their clienti team while Mercedes used their actual racing team plus, I believe both of their 2013 competing drivers.

  7. Yeah, let’s investigate the obviously legal test with an old car, without regular team drivers or for that matter the regular racing team. FIA, are you bored?

    1. @cyclops_pl – Pirelli have said that they conducted the test in Barcelona to gather data on 2014 tyre compounds. Unlike previous years, they collected that data using a current chassis. As such, that data has no real context to it. By testing the same tyres on an older chassis the way they have always done, Pirelli have something to compare the data from Barcelona to, which will help the development of those tyres. This is pretty much the scientific method in action.

      The FIA obviously wants to know exactly what Pirelli was doing given that the two tests were inherently related, even if they involved different teams testing different cars at different circuits. Just as testing in Bahrain gave Pirelli some context to the data they later gathered in Barcelona, so too does investigating the tyre test in Bahrain give the FIA some context to what Pirelli were doing in Barcelona. And that context could ultimately decide whether or not something was done wrong.

  8. I saw a photo of the Ferrari test on the Autosport forums just after the test occurred, I am quite shocked that the other teams nor the FIA knew about it.

    1. Could you post a link to that post?

    2. The whole this looks very Fishy and Messy at the best.

  9. On the question of whether Ferrari’s test should be treated different from Mercedes, an earlier part of the regulations states the following:

    22.1 Track testing shall be considered any track running time not part of an Event undertaken by a competitor entered in the Championship, using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year. The only exception is that each competitor is permitted up to eight promotional events, carried out using tyres provided specifically for this purpose by the appointed supplier, to a maximum distance of 100km per event.

    Obviously this test was more than 100km. However the first part is where Ferrari may have to make the case that a 2011 car does not “conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations”.

    That might be a difficult point to argue. The biggest difference between the current rules and those of two years ago is the restriction on exhaust blown diffusers. But Pirelli themselves have said the current cars have recovered most of the downforce that was lost when EBDs were restricted:

    The cars are certainly pushing a lot harder than what we’ve seen in the past. The downforce levels are getting close to 2011 when the cars had blown diffusers. We also are seeing that with our new structure of tyre we’re pushing much harder the compounds. So combine those two together and we find that we really are working the compounds much more than we have done in the past.

    1. @keithcollantine That certainly sounds like it was illegal based on those regulations, and if Ferrari were in fact running 2013 tires rather than the 2014 tires that Mercedes supposedly ran, they could well have gained a much bigger advantage out of their test. Add to that the fact that Pirelli is still unwilling to comment on the Ferrari test certainly makes the whole thing sound awfully fishy and clearly not above the board.

    2. Yes I see but that is still a very different car compared to the 2013 one. For instance this has a pushrod suspension, no doubt that has an effect on tyre wear and the way car feels and drives. And I’m not quite shure but ‘getting close’ still doesn’t equal the 2011 levels of downforce. I’m starting to think the FIA is looking for something that isn’t there.

      1. If the other teams ask the FIA to investigate then it is (probably) obliged to consider it. At that point they’ll realise Ferrari appear to have broken the rule above.

        I agree with the consensus that what Ferrari and Mercedes have done is very different, in terms of “fairness” – and possibly also “intent.” But as far as the rules go, they’re both guilty of the same thing, and I’m sure Red Bull & some of the other teams will push for them both to face the same punishment.

        Why not try it on? To the teams this is business, not sport.

        1. As I mention below, this can be about other teams now complaining about Ferrari. But it can also be about the FIA not wanting to be seen to be unequal in investigating (but they might conclude quite differently in each case).
          And it could just as well be, that the FIA wants to get as much information on how both these tests were ran so as to be able to establish what was done now, and compare it to previous tests to see what differences there were, and whether they should be considered a breach of the regulations for all testing, one test, both tests, or none of these tests.

    3. are we missing the point here ? Pirelli said tests are part of their contract terms, those might not be in published F1 regulations, only FIA and pirelli know what they are.
      Also, everyone knows pirelli tested with 2010 lotus last year, which is 2 years old then. So, i see Ferrari being called in to investigation as a mere formality.

      1. Sure Pirelli has a contract but in the end the FIA has said that they didn’t give permission for the Mercedes test.

    4. Hm, …

      Its pretty certain that the most positive thing that can come from the whole thing, is a bit more clarity about what is and is not allowed for testing, and for tyre testing as such.

      It might well be that Mercedes will in fact raise the point that there is not much difference from running this years car (which they still do not understand completely) and the 2011 car, which was completely developed and understood by the end of that year. And downforce levels were supposedly relatively similar too.
      Off course the reason for the FIA investigating both can also be the simple fact that both tested, so its a matter of equality (investigating both tests, maybe finding one is more or less ok, the other one less so), as well as establishing in how far these tests differed, and how much they were similar to each other and compared to earlier tests done with the Toyota and Renault cars.

      Given that even the Ferrari test was secret (or confidential) as much as the one with Mercedes – to the extent of only being reported after people started digging this weekend – its certain that all the other teams would be almost as suspicious of Ferrari as they are now of Pirelli and of Mercedes.

      I think its needed to clear these testing rules, because after Ferrari first started using their “filming days” to the maximum a couple of years back, even those have become a bit of a farce, with Marussia using it as a first test of the car, Caterham this year to test almost a B-spec car and the rest of the field doing much the same whenever needed and still having some “filming days” available.
      Sure, its nice to get some footage online afterwards, but its very clear that this is not what the
      se were intended for. I think we will see all the teams getting more and more secretive and suspicious of each other (if thats even possible)

    5. Pirelli themselves have said the current cars have recovered most of the downforce that was lost when EBDs were restricted

      I think the more important question is how they are getting that downforce back. They’re not using blown diffusers anymore.

      1. But they are still blowing the diffusers, thats why we have these funky coanda exshausts? i think you meant we dont have off-throttle blowing exsaust anymore?

        1. The Coanda exhausts do not produce the same levels of downforce as the off-throttle blown diffuser variant. The teams have recovered some of the lost downforce through their use, but they will still have had to have made up the difference elsewhere. The Coanda exhaust alone isn’t enough to reclaim all of the lost downforce.

          1. It is amazing how they’ve managed to get back to similar levels of downforce as in 2011, as soon as Hembrey said that, alarm bells rang when i thought about Ferrari testing a ‘representitive car’ in Bahrain, they’re not soft : ]

    6. @keithcollantine

      That might be a difficult point to argue.

      I don´t think it´s hard at all. The F150 Italia used a totally different type of suspension settup. Quite different than the F2012 and the F138. I see it as an open and shut case. Besides, Pedro drove the car and was done by Ferrari Clienti who are Ferrari’s customer car team so I see the Scuderia untouchable in this matter.

      1. So your saying the F150 run by the B team with the teams test driver, could not log data and gain information from running around for 1000km any less than Merc in its 2013 car? Your also implying that Ferrari are not clever enough to transpose data they gained from this test to their current car. Ferrari must have some terrible engineers then
        Seriously, if anything Ferrari probably had greater scope to gather data as with the interpretation that a 2011 car could be run in a test, then maybe Ferrari might have felt they could get away with some development work too.
        As they say teams cannot unlearn what they have learnt. Regardless of the suspension set up if Ferrari were testing the same tyres or similar tyres as Merc and they gathered data with the belief that running an older car as a defense. They may well be sorely mistaken.

        I think Merc would have an easy task to argue that the 2011 spec is similar enough.

        It seems the regulations don’t say how old the car needs to be at all

      2. It doesn’t actually matter that its different; It is that it conforms to more or less the same regulation that is the issue as I am reading it.

      3. Yeah and of course, keith is a legendary F1 engineer who can ask us to furnish proof of whether a 2011 can is allowed or not, yet somehow he knows that the 2011 and 2013 cars have similar downforce levels. As if(even if its true, which i doubt) that is the only criterion which should be taken into account while comparing 2 cars, one of them older than the other…and what about the suspension, Keith?? Somehow you always seem to disappear whenever faced with hard questions. Its a wonder, indeed, that you never applied for a technical role with an F1 team. Cheers…

        1. @wsrgo Supposing that I have the time or inclination to try to answer every comment is ridiculous. It’s not unusual to get a thousand a day on here, and if I have time to write a dozen or so in between doing the things that actually earn money then it’s a pretty good day.

          As for the comparison between downforce levels, had you bothered to read my previous comment you would have seen, as everyone else has, that I quoted Paul Hembery on that point, who I have no qualms admitting is far better placed than I to know about such things. I’d like to know what makes you think you know better than him?

      4. But its not about whether the car is fast, or different from what Ferrari run per se. Its about how much it fits the current regulations. And looking at that, It might be hard to point out where it would not comply with most.

      5. @karter22 I don’t think they’re untouchable as this is the FIA but yes they should be safe. Mercedes however are balancing precariously on the cliff (poor tyre pun not intended) so I reckon it’s very possible we’ll see further developments.

        1. @vettel1

          Mercedes however are balancing precariously on the cliff

          I LOL´ed ! I totally agree, I mean, what were they thinking?! It just goes to show that in F1, money talks!

          1. @karter22 probably not even so much money, just everybody wishes to bend the rules! There’s a difference between doing that and breaking them though of course ;)

  10. @force-maikel : I’m absolutely convinced you are looking for something that isn’t there.

  11. Good riddance on Ferrari :D

    For joining the ever complaining Redbull, who themselves are always bending the rules.

    1. Ehm, what?

      Red Bull bending the rules (lets rather say exploring the boundaries of them) is something every other team does (or tries to do) to their best effort constantly. And all of them protest when they find another one doing so.
      That is F1, and has been F1, for decades.

      And the fact that the FIA asks Ferrari to provide more information does not mean they must have necessarily done anything wrong (well, its not even sure yet Mercedes has done something against the rules, but …), it might just be the FIA wanting to know more to be able to judge the complete picture.

  12. I suspect there is yet another team that has done a test too. Some of the other teams have been pretty quiet. Pirelli implied more tests have been done

    1. The problema is who @theoddkiwi

      By this time Lotus,RBR, McLaren, Sauber, Force India, Toro Rosso and Marussia had said no.

      So who is left?

      1. @celeste Willians and Caterham are the teams remaining

        1. @harsha

          Williams—> Just signed contract with Mercedes, not about to attack them.

          And I gues Carteham has bigger problems tan tyres…

  13. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher)
    31st May 2013, 23:51

    Remember when there was talk of a budget cap, well seems like the FIA can’t even police a non testing rule! Put’s policing a budget cap rule into perspective!

    1. @mike-the-bike-schumacher Very good point, this!

  14. I wonder if the FIA is investigating Ferrari only to deflect attention away from Mercedes. Might indicate that the FIA has no intention of penalizing Mercedes over the test.

  15. SubSailorFl
    1st June 2013, 4:31

    I would think the FIA would investigate Ferrari because it was brought up but because of a 2 yr old car run by another Ferrari Team they will let ift slide and provide additional clarification to the rules to ensure they are included in the testing decisions. Mercedes will be in trouble.

  16. Oh dear, guess there is no way this can end up good, either way it goes.

  17. Totally agree with @BasCB, although I’m not a real fan of RedBull and the way they operate but you must admire a team that “explores the boundaries”, that is what F1 is about! I must also agree with the Ferrari issue, I don’t think they are in any danger of falling foul on this one considering the way they condoned their test and that is why they chose to appeal Mercedes test. I am still yet to see a statement from Pirelli confirming their original statement that all the teams have been invited to these tests. Someone’s dropped the ball that’s for sure.

    1. @funkyf1 I don´t think that evidence from Pirelli would appear. All the teams but, Mercedes have already said they didn´t get an invitation to test with a 2013; and that´s why Pirelle made an statment saying thet it was Mercedes who brought the 2013 car , they only asked for a representative car.

      I think Pirelli dropped the ball by no invited and informed FIA and all the teams of the test (or both tests); and that was being too Smart for their own good by bringing the 2013 car. Both Pirelli and Mercedes should be punished IMHO.

      Speaking of wasn´t Renault investigated back during the spygate? Maybe it will be the same result Mercedes instead of McLaren being punisehd, and Ferrari instead of Renault getting a repriment.

  18. I guess a lot of people don’t realise how much difference the suspension design/set-up makes to the tyres. Pull-rods and push-rods have completely different characteristics, and there’s no way this test data can be used for developing the 2013 car. Teams physically test components precisely because simulation data is never accurate. Even the cleverest engineers can use the push-rod suspension data only to theoretically predict what the pull-rod will do, no more. They still will need to test it on the 2013 car to see if it actually works. The most important thing in testing is the reference data – the known data which helps you to interpret new data. Don’t forget, Ferrari were having wind tunnel correlation problems in 2011 and 2012, which makes their reference data somewhat unreliable.

    So here’s how it works – Ferrari compare this Pirelli test data to the F150’s actual race and test data to evaluate the benefits, then try to build an isolated theoretical suspension model with the new tyre characteristics using the pull-rod design, integrate it with the F2013’s suspension design or modify it, simulate this model to see if the improvement can be carried over, then test it on track. Allow me to point out how many hurdles Ferrari have to cross before this scheme will work:

    1. Pirelli needs to share the data with Corse Clienti, who can pass on the data to Scuderia Ferrari, assuming Pirelli’s data log was comprehensive enough for Ferrari to use in their suspension design.
    2. Ferrari doesn’t have any data from the 2011 Bahrain GP – it was cancelled.
    3. With so many variables influencing suspension performance, and after so much interpolation and theoretical calculation, there is zero chance of the final simulation model being fully accurate.
    4. Ferrari will have to test on the same track again, which as we know is impossible. Testing in Montreal or Silverstone would be meaningless, because they require a different suspension set-up which further compromises accuracy.

    So you see, a team would have to be incredibly stupid to waste all their time and resources trying to incorporate test data of this sort into their current development program.

    1. +1, its a shame that such excellent reasoning is wasted on Keith and the others who are using Ferrari to make a scapegoat out of the issue to which Mercedes’ illegal actions are central….

    2. 2. Ferrari doesn’t have any data from the 2011 Bahrain GP – it was cancelled.

      – Ferrari did not test in Bahrain, they tested in Barcelona too.

      All what you say are arguments that are likely going to be used. But consider a few things please:
      1. Pirelli mentions that Mercedes did not get any data from it, and it will have given Ferrari the same (that is none). Where is the difference then?
      2. The 2011 car is a car that Ferrari raced for a whole year, they know the car intimately and they are fully capable of interpreting data about tyres for next years championship (for 2014) with it (provided they somehow DID get to gather data), maybe even better than Mercedes with their 2013 car, because they are still working to understand what it does with its current tyres.
      3. If, as some reported, Ferrari did test something for the change to THIS years tyres, they would have in potential gotten even more useful information than mercedes.

      Now, we do not know about all the details, and its perfectly logical then for the FIA to investigate what was done to be able to form a picture of the tests and decide what to do with Pirelli, with Mercedes and or with Ferrari about it.

      1. @bascb

        1. Pirelli mentions that Mercedes did not get any data from it, and it will have given Ferrari the same (that is none). Where is the difference then?

        The difference is that Mercedes used a current car. They might not have gathered data from the tires, but they might have gathered data from the car, they might have put different components to the car to test them. Whats more, they tested with their current drivers, these are very good drivers which do feel and interpret what the car and tires are like.
        In my opinion, there is a big difference.

        1. @caci99 – when you write

          They might not have gathered data from the tires, but they might have gathered data from the car, they might have put different components to the car to test them


          That would mean Pirelli have explicitly lied about this test to the FIA and to the whole world yesterday. What part of where Pirelli explicitly states that THEY were the only ones running the car, and the only ones having access to the data did you misunderstand?
          More over, the only use for Pirelli is to use one and the same car, with minimal change (evt. ride heigths/engine map for wets for example) so they are actually able to compare data for the different compounds tested.

        2. they might have put different components to the car to test them.

          The whole point of the test would have been for Pirelli to evaluate new tyres, Mercedes wouldn’t even be allowed a minor set up change (other than the ones @BasCB pointed out) nevermind bolting on new bits.


          This whole saga looks to me like the FIA engaging in politicking so that a) They get rid of Pirelli and get Todt’s mates Michelin the supply contract and b) Getting themselves in a stronger position to deal with CVC after Bernie wither ends up in the slammer in Germany or croaks it. Big flashy side show.

          Look at the shiny shiny kids.

    3. “…using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous …”

      Doesn’t matter if their 2011 was made of cast iron and their 2013 was made of unobtanium, what matter is if the 2011 confirmed substantially with 2012 or 2013 regulations.

      So if the regulations did not change substantially between 2011 and 2012 or between 2011 and 2013….

  19. LOL…. This is Funny…. Ferrari probably overreacted with their protest. Moral of the story…. People in Glasshouses do not throw stones…

    We will have to wait and see if Red Bull expands their protest to include Ferrari. !!!!!

  20. I think perhaps people are making more of this than it actually is. It’s possible the FIA simply wants a “baseline test” to compare the Mercedes one to. On the face of it there were significant differences between the Ferrari and Mercedes tests – you’d have to examine both tests to find out why those differences occurred. I imagine that’s what the FIA is up to here.

    Back to Mercedes: I saw these words from Lauda – “After the protest, the tribunal will decide whether the sporting regulations or the rules that Pirelli has negotiated with the FIA should stand over this.”

    One reading of that is, “Sure, we broke the regulations, but we’re going to argue that these are overridden by the Pirelli contract with the FIA”. You never know with lawyers, but I don’t see how Mercedes can win with that argument. As a team they are bound by FIA regulations and not by whatever deal Pirelli has with the FIA.

    1. Differences? Well the most relevant one is the car, Mercedes used the actual ones and Ferrari did not. The FIA should stop comparing completely different things.

      1. If they are trying to find out how two supposedly similar tests ended up being so completely different, it would make sense for them to examine them both and see where in the process they diverged.

        “The FIA should stop comparing completely different things.”

        The point is that they should not have been two completely different things. Finding out why they were is the point of the investigation.

  21. The FIA does not know what else to do to justify Mercedes. To compare the test that mercedes did with their 2013 cars with a test performed with 2011 cars is just ilogical.

  22. Because Ferrari has made a protest & raised the question about the FIA reputation which it seems that bothered the FIA, now they have to deal with the FIA reaction, theoretically Ferrari should be OK because they were using 2011 car runned by Ferrari Corsa Clienti but the article says :

    Track testing shall be considered any track running time not part of an Event undertaken by a competitor entered in the Championship, using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year

    According to this interpretation, a 2011 car is not so different, as it has the blown diffusers. which is much more efficient than the “Coanda” exhaust and will let to have close performance to the actual ones

    Well Ferrari will have no problem proving that a 2011 is different to a 2012 car (which is a clear cut with the past) let alone the 2013 car which according to me very logical because if it was the case then McLaren would run the MP4-27 this year and it will still the fastest car , what bothers me the most with the FIA regulations is these interpretations , like what happened in the last couple of years with the EBD and engine mapping rules ….
    The sport just need a clear regulation and if any team crosses it will be punished, i’m sure that after this controversy there will be a clarification made by the FIA, i’m just wondering when will be the next “rule controversy”

  23. I think many people are missing the crux of the issue. Ok, fine, Ferrari used a 2 year old car. But, the bigger question is, did they surrender the car to Pirelli or conduct the test with their own team personnel (or those affiliated to them)?

    You see, even with a 10 year old chassis, you are able to gather significant data from the current/next-gen Pirelli tyres over a 1000km test. This is where Ferrari may have contravened the rules. And if found guilty, they should be slapped with a bigger punishment than Mercedes for being utter hypocrites.

  24. Michael (@freelittlebirds)
    2nd June 2013, 2:59

    One custom LaFerrari coming up for Mr Todt courtesy of Signore DiMontezemolo right away! Issue resolved!

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