FIA expands tyre test investigation to include Ferrari

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013The 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. Paul2013 said on 1st June 2013, 17:47

    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.

  2. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 1st June 2013, 19:37

    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”

  3. HS said on 2nd June 2013, 2:45

    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.

  4. Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 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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