Wet conditions in both of today’s practice sessions meant few drivers ran the development 2014 slick tyre which Pirelli provided. That led to requests for teams to be granted a dispensation from the rules to use them in practice tomorrow.
Whiting told the teams: “Further to the discussion in the team managers meeting yesterday, and having discussed the matter at length with the stewards, I can confirm that in accordance with article 25.4 (b) of the Sporting Regulations the two sets of development tyres provided for use in first and second practice today may not be used in third practice.”
Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to complete a lap on the prototype tyres during practice. “We’ve got the data that we need,” race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin told him as he returned to the pits as the rain intensified during his run.
Vettel offered to repeat the exercise but was told: “No it’s OK, we’re fine, we’ve got the data.”
However Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn doubted Red Bull could have gained much from the test. “With all due respect Red Bull may have found something out that we don’t anticipate,” he said, “but we couldn’t understand what you would learn in those conditions, even though it looked like they were trying to take the profiles of the tyres and so on”.
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