Ferrari: Mercedes “got away virtually scot-free”

2013 F1 season

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Ferrari say Mercedes “got away virtually scot-free” for breaking the testing regulations.

An anonymous column published on the official Ferrari website said: “Today we learned, that even if one is guilty and in this case that is an indisputable and verified fact, there is always a way of muddling through as best one can.”

“One only has to suggest to the judge what the penalty should be and even better, why not make it something light like a rap across the knuckles.”

The FIA penalised Mercedes’ involvement in a test for Pirelli by banning them from participating in the forthcoming Young Drivers’ Test – a penalty that was suggested by Mercedes themselves during yesterday’s Tribunal.

“It is somewhat perplexing to say the least to see that the guilty party can get away virtually scot-free for having derived ‘an unfair sporting advantage’,” Ferrari complained in its Horse Whisperer column.

“Don?t tell me that testing for three days on your own at the Catalunya circuit is the same as doing so with nine other teams at Silverstone with a host of young hopefuls at the wheel, in an area where the weather can still be changeable even in the height of summer.

“And what if this whole incident had taken place after the Young [Driver] Test, what would have been the penalty then? Would they have been forbidden from holding an end of year dinner?”

“The way things are going in Formula 1 at the moment is becoming boring: you make a mistake, you race with an illegal component, but then you are told to just change it for the next race and we?ve seen what we?ve seen…” Ferrari added.

The column also claimed being able to conduct a test with a current car and drivers earlier in the season would be more advantageous than conducting a test with a junior driver later in the year

Like Mercedes, Ferrari also conducted two tests for Pirelli which were not disclosed at the time. A 2012 test only came to light during yesterday’s Tribunal hearing. Its 2013 test was conducted using the 150??? Italia chassis it raced in 2011.

“To those who jabber on about transparency and credibility, the Whisperer would remind them that the rules are very clear: you cannot test with a car from the current year,” Ferrari added.

“With those that are at least two years old, you can run when you like, where you like, with any driver you like, dressed how you like, inviting who you like.”

Among the rule Mercedes were found to have breached was article 22 of the Sporting Regulations which states testing may not be performed “using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year”.

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66 comments on Ferrari: Mercedes “got away virtually scot-free”

  1. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 21st June 2013, 20:59

    Does anyone know the full details of the Ferrari test last year (2012). Not the one this year with the ‘legal’ car; the one last year which allegedly was driven by Massa . . . what car was used?

    • Nomore (@nomore) said on 23rd June 2013, 12:03

      it was a 2010 car(according to FIA), but when the name of Ferrari is spelled (especially here) people get exited.

      Every team is free (and everything to gain) to send Ferrari in a court, if they think that Ferrari has broke a rule.

      But no one is doing that ? strange isn’t it ?

      P.S probably my message will get deleted or blocked like the previous one…guess why

  2. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 21st June 2013, 22:20

    A Brawn horse, a black horse…
    I’ve never heard a horse whisper.

  3. DaveW (@dmw) said on 21st June 2013, 22:28

    I would like to see Ferrari (and all teams) represent publicly the full extent of their secret testing, the exact specification and build of the cars and tires used, and the application of such data to current tires and cars. We now know that teams have had the ability and cooperation of Pirelli to test in season. Until we have a full accounting of this testing, there is a foul odor about, and its not just the one coming from both ends of the prancing horse.

  4. Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 22nd June 2013, 2:14

    I think Ferrari are lucky to have gotten away absolutely “scot-free”, as they conducted not one, but TWO secret tests. Even worse: no one even knew about the 2012 one until today. And now all we know is that it took place, not what all went down. We also know that Ferrari paid for the track in 2013, while Pirelli paid for the track during the Mercedes test.

  5. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 22nd June 2013, 5:03

    Ferrari complaining about another team getting away scot-free for breaking the rules? Excuse me while I go brush my teeth, because that was a pretty rich one.

  6. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 22nd June 2013, 12:24

    Hahaaaa Ferrari has a nerve to comment about cheating!? Are they afraid of Mercedes? Of course Mercedes broke the rules (with amen from poor Charlie) but who is Ferrari to criticise FIA? After all this is first IT FIA hearing. Ferrari is lucky that FIA didn’t have this tribunal 10-15 years ago.

  7. Paul2013 said on 22nd June 2013, 15:23

    I agree with every word Ferrari said. And for those who argue about past actions to denny their rigth to complain about that funny punishment, I would say yesterday was raining but today is not and nobody must use an umbrella due to past weather conditions.

  8. John H (@john-h) said on 22nd June 2013, 18:56

    I was starting to like Ferrari again and now they behave like an immature child and I’m reminded why I didn’t and now don’t like Ferrari.

    “Miss, miss… why didn’t you tell the little boy off properly like my mummy would have?”

  9. The Abbinator (@abbinator) said on 23rd June 2013, 9:18

    I agree with the sentiment, but surely:
    Pot to Kettle, “you’re black!”

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