Nico Rosberg admits he knew details of what tyres Pirelli brought during their disputed test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Mercedes face an FIA International Tribunal hearing over the test, which may have contravened the ban on in-season testing.
Asked if he knew what tyres he had been testing Rosberg said: “Yes, for sure, yeah of course. Definitely I was aware of what the ideas were and what they were testing because I need to know that to try and be able to pinpoint for them best what’s going on and what directions are likely to be best for them.”
Pirelli previously said Mercedes were not given details of what they were testing. F1’s official tyre supplier said in a statement last week, “the tyre tests were conducted ?óÔéź?Łin the dark?óÔéźÔäó, which means that the teams had no information on which specifications were being tested or about the goal of the testing; nor did they receive any type of information afterwards.”
Speaking ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix Rosberg admitted he was surprised that the test had become a matter of dispute: “No it definitely wasn’t to be expected because for all I knew it was perfectly normal that we were doing that and that’s what the whole team thought.”
“And that’s why we did it, that’s the only reason. Because definitely we don’t want to do anything that’s not allowed.”
Rosberg denied Mercedes made progress with their car during the test. “We had nothing to do with the test. Pirelli was there and they were saying ‘we need to do this for this many laps, and now this, and that, and that…’ We had nothing that we could do,” he said.
“It was completely a Pirelli test and for them to learn about their tyres.”
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