Red Bull ‘considering Young Drivers’ Test boycott’

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Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Red Bull have threatened to hold their own test instead of appearing at the Young Drivers’ Test following the outcome of last week’s FIA Tribunal.

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Red Bull may put FIA to test (The Times, subscription required)

“Red Bull executives are considering boycotting the young drivers’ test to set up their own private session in a mirror of the Mercedes case. A private test would breach the FIA rule book but Red Bull are said to have told [Bernie] Ecclestone that they would take the risk of a reprimand – the punishment meted out to Mercedes – for the benefit of three days of testing.”

Maldonado says FW35 suits Bottas better (Autosport)

“We have different driving styles, he drives very gently and is very smooth with the car – this is not my way. My way is to put energy into the car and that is how I was very quick last year.”

Pirelli bringing experimental hard tyre to Silverstone again (NBC)

“Pirelli will bring their prototype new hard tyre for teams to use in practice for this weekend?s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.”

New F1 Side Impact System (FIA Institute)

“The current side impact system deploys crushable tube structures attached to the side of the chassis. Although extremely effective during normal impacts, they can break off during oblique impacts due to the extremely high tangential forces that are generated during the first few milliseconds of an impact. So Mellor engaged with the F1 teams to help develop solutions to the problem. Marussia, McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull Racing each stepped forward.”

‘British GP win the ultimate’ (Sky)

Lewis Hamilton: “Silverstone is just one of the greatest races of the year because it is your home grand prix, where you grew up and have all your home fans, it’s definitely by far the ultimate race of the year and when you win here it’s almost like winning the championship.”

Rookie diary – Caterham?s Giedo van der Garde (F1)

“In terms of my transition to F1, I wouldn?t say I?m pleased as there?s still a lot more to come, from me and the car, but so far I?m happy with how I?m adapting to the step up to F1. I think if I hadn?t had the time with the team last year it would all be a lot more challenging, but I spent enough time with the team at races and the factory in 2012 to have had an idea of what was to come, and I think that?s made the transition to F1 easier than it may have been coming in cold.”

Rookie Max Chilton eyes a Silver lining at British GP (The Sun)

“My absolute goal for Marussia this year is to get the first point for the team. It would be fantastic to achieve that.”

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96 comments on Red Bull ‘considering Young Drivers’ Test boycott’

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  1. Calum (@calum) said on 25th June 2013, 0:20

    There is NO way the Championship leading team will be the first to test the water following the Mercedes ruling.

    • Calum (@calum) said on 25th June 2013, 0:21

      test the water

      Pardon the pun. :D

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 25th June 2013, 1:24

      You are right, Marko already said it wasn´t true

      Marko, though, has denied the claims telling Germany’s Sport Bild: “We of course do not commit a breach of rules.”

      He added: “At the Young Drivers’ Test you can barely try something as the drivers behind the wheel have a lot to learn about Formula One. Mercedes, however, have had three days [of testing] with their regular drivers. Even the judges stated that the team had an ‘unfair sporting advantage’.”

      So I don´t think is true…

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th June 2013, 8:27

        I also read he reacted to the times story (link to original Bild article) saying

        “It was purely sarcastic,” he insisted. ”I wanted to demonstrate that, with such a judgement (of the international tribunal), it might be worth the risk.

        On the other hand I really do think that (again) he dramatizes the advantages gained for Mercedes while at the same time talking down the potential of the YDT in his statement

        • celeste (@celeste) said on 25th June 2013, 8:56

          Well he does have a point, a young driver, in most ocassion, is a dirver that have never drive a F1 car, so you can´t count on him driving in the correct way (talking aerodynamics and wind here) and the feedback isn´t the same.

          But I guess we will never know, since the other teams will never have a change to do the same as Mercedes did.

          • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 25th June 2013, 11:45

            So Pirelli, should have to put up with second rate feedback from inexperienced test drivers to develop their tyres for next year?

            Considering the car was left in the same spec for 1000kms with only worn or damaged parts replaced over that distance, i wonder if any feedback given on the aerodynamics and car dynamics was much use after the first 50km, given they had each already done three practice sessions, qualifying and race distance in the same specification car prior to then completing 500km each with only the variable being the tyres on which they had no specific information on.

            Just saying

          • RAMBOIII said on 26th June 2013, 23:56

            You think there’s a complete new F1-car after each race? Lot’s of parts are being re-used, race after race.

  2. David-A (@david-a) said on 25th June 2013, 0:22

    My way is to put energy into the car and that is how I was very quick last year.

    And the barriers absorbed a lot of that energy, Pastor.

    • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 25th June 2013, 0:29

      @david-a
      I actually don’t ever remember Maldonado crashing into a wall, strangely, he’s always crashing into other drivers though. ;-)

      In fact, I’m pretty sure that it has been Lewis who has absorbed the most Venezuelan energy in his career.

    • Manished said on 25th June 2013, 0:53

      Its easy to drive aggressively without thinking and rely mostly on reflex to drive the car. (for eg, Romain)

      Its not easy to be smooth and fast at the same time, you need more delicate feeling for the car and maximize the output with minimum input. It also easier to adapt to the car by being smooth as you are manipulating the car instead of being manipulated (reflexive driving).

      Its also misleading on being smooth = slow. 1 can be smooth on how he maneuver the car, however he could be extremely harsh on the throttle, braking etc

      And that will come into play critically next year when team will face the task of saving tire and fuel.

      If Pastor thinks that this year is tough, wait until next year.

      • Fernando Cruz said on 25th June 2013, 14:03

        This year’s tyres are different, so smooth drivers can have an advantage. That is the reason I think Bruno Senna could be quicker than Maldonado this year. But maybe Bottas is the driver who is always quick regardless of the characteristics of tyres.

  3. PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 25th June 2013, 0:22

    If Red Bull did, I’m almost certain they’d get penalised more considering one of the mitigating factors for Mercedes’ lower punishment was the fact they ‘had no reason to believe the test was illegal.’ Red Bull know that it is illegal, so would get a bigger penalty than just losing the YDT.

    • Joe Papp (@joepa) said on 25th June 2013, 6:47

      Exactly. And this is why the rumors are actually outright fabrications that should never have been published as a credible threat. Marko has already denied them!

    • The phrase about Mercedes having no reason to believe the test was illegal is solely there to excuse the tribunals fear of taking action against them. Everybody knew exceptionally well that the 2013 chassis was illegal unless Pirelli executed the test themselves, especially Brawn who deliberately intended to exploit the wording about it being a Pirelli test.

      Mind you; he did NOT get away with that but his Mercedes leverage got him off the hook regardless. It is hard to comprwhen why he is applauded as clever when this latest exploitation attempt actually failed?

      Personlly I hate for the championship’s sake to see Red Bull have three days of testing, but I would absolutely love to see them show FIA how outrageously unfair the “punishment” was.

      • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 25th June 2013, 13:13

        But it was a Pirelli test. If it wasn’t, or even angled that way, Mercedes would be out of the championship as testing is straight up banned. If Red Bull took up a test, they’d be doing it under their own steam, and they’d almost certainly be gaining far more data than what Mercedes did.

  4. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 25th June 2013, 0:22

    Ok Red Bull in theory that would only work if Pirelli asked you to do the test. Also there is the possibility of the “If you don’t shut-up I’m gonna turn this car around and take you home” syndrome where the FIA (parent) told Mercedes (kid #1) to shut-up, but when Red Bull (kid #2) does the same thing it invokes the turning around & taking home (aka a harsher punishment).

    • Mike (@mike) said on 25th June 2013, 5:37

      Haha :D Well said.

    • Tango (@tango) said on 25th June 2013, 8:24

      I did a comment on the last news when Horner complained punishment for Mercedes wasn’t strong enough.

      I likened him to the younger brother who sold his big brother out for something (say, smoking in the bathroom) and then complains the big brother got assigned to his room rather than get beaten by the parents.

      This one just reinforces my feeling Red Bull are being childish about hte whole story

      • dennis (@dennis) said on 25th June 2013, 9:40

        You compare two teams about being children and then conclude that they’re childish. Makes sense.
        However, it’s just as childish to smoke in your parents’ bathroom. And there’s a third child called Ferrari who complained even louder, after smoking a herbal cigarette themselves. But that’s not the same and the parents are okay with that for some reason. Besides, all the neighbours who watch that stuff agree that the little brat should have been slapped across the face instead of just being sent to their room.

  5. John H (@john-h) said on 25th June 2013, 0:23

    Red Bull taking on the FIA/tribunal? I’m not sure that’s a wise idea. This is all getting a little childish isn’t it? Surely a young drivers’ test with the correct spec tyres is going to be more beneficial anyway, or at the very least, close to it (assuming it’s dry).

    Who knows, this could be the start of a new breakaway series at some point!

  6. andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 25th June 2013, 0:24

    yes, yes, Red Bull – crybabies. I really doubt they would try such a ridiculous move, it’s silly and the FIA will come down on them with a hammer for bringing the sport into disrepute, if they dare use the “Mercedes has set a precedent” line. Not to mention that Pirelli would surely have no desire to take part in such a test.

  7. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 25th June 2013, 0:26

    “Red Bull executives are considering boycotting the young drivers’ test to set up their own private session in a mirror of the Mercedes case. A private test would breach the FIA rule book but Red Bull are said to have told [Bernie] Ecclestone that they would take the risk of a reprimand – the punishment meted out to Mercedes – for the benefit of three days of testing.”

    I am not going to deny that I’m a Ferrari fan, and always among the first to bash Red Bull, but strangely enough, I actually agree with them here.

    Everyone would chose 1000 km of testing with the current drivers’ line up over 3 days of testing with a young and inexperienced driver any day. The punishment Mercedes got is laughable. They have broken the rules and made a net gain from it, including the punishment. This practically encourages F1 teams to cheat.

    Maybe if Merc were banned for 2 or 3 races (like BAR in 2005) instead of 3 test sessions, they might have actually suffered a consequence for cheating instead of gaining an advantage from it.

    This punishment is like punishing a criminal who robbed $1,000,000 from a bank by fining them $5000, and letting them keep the million that they robbed. It makes no sense.

    FIA under Todt is gutless, had this rule-breaking happened in 2007, Max Mosley would’ve laid Mercedes down and screwed them big time.

    • John H (@john-h) said on 25th June 2013, 0:47

      I think most people (including myself) agree that the punishment was way too lenient, that’s not the point. The point is how you deal with it, and Red Bull and Ferrari have both reacted in predictably childish ways. It’s a shame.

    • Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 25th June 2013, 1:26

      Like Max’s FIA did to Ross at Bennetton (Traction Control) or Ferrari (Illegal Barge Boards) or Brawn GP (Double Diffuser)?????

      • GT_Racer said on 25th June 2013, 2:28

        The barge board controversy is often over-played.
        I was there in 1999 at both Sepang & Suzuka & worked on a feature explaining it that was played out on the FOM Digital platform at Suzuka.
        The barge boards were never illegal when measured the correct way (As was done at other races that year). They were only declared illegal at Sepang because an inexperienced scrutineer used incorrect procedure & took the measurement from the wrong place.

        I often find the claims that the FIA were pro-Ferrari & helping Ferrari to be quite laughable really, Especially when you consider many of the regulation changes brought in post-2002 were done to hurt Ferrari’s ‘dominance’.

        People often see what they want to see & traditionally when a team or driver is ‘dominating’ there is always cries of favoritism. When Ferrari were winning the FIA were favoring them & With Red Bull the past few years there are constant cries the FIA are favoring them in various ways. With Brawn in 2009 they were gifted everything because the FIA favored them with the diffuser row even though it was perfectly clear reading the regulations that what they did was 100% legal (Don’t forget Williams/Toyota also had double diffusers).
        If McLaren or Lotus suddenly spend the next 4-5yrs dominating I guarantee people will start whining about them getting the favored treatment.

        People don’t like dominance & when we do see it there always looking for a reason to why its not because a team/driver is just better, Its always because there getting help from the FIA. How many times do we hear the talk that Vettel ain’t that good or that Red Bull are cheating or been helped by lax rules.

        • I suspect you might have forgotten to remove those red tinted spectacles if you seriously think many fans think Red Bull have been successful on the back of FIA favoritism in the way Ferrari enjoyed it for many years!

          As for Brawn and his double diffusers in 2009, the reason that was very different to the Toyota team’s attempt to exploit the same wording loophole is that Ross Brawn helped write the wording he personally exploited! But the biggest shame about that whole sorry year was him being awarded an MBE for his disgraceful behaviour.

          • joebloggs said on 26th June 2013, 17:49

            @Opti: I think you’re wrong, Optil. Brawn was one of the three teams NOT involved in the rule writing that year. The other 7 teams all knew that the intention of the rules was that double diffusers would not be allowed and so they didn’t develop a workaround. But Brawn, Toyota and Williams (all not involved in the rules writing) saw the loophole and exploited it. The others complained, but the rule was badly written and the DD’s were upheld. Brawn even warned the other teams in advance that the rule as written had a loophole. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8003667.stm

          • Opti said on 26th June 2013, 22:08

            @Joebloggs: Sounds like you may be thinking of the OWG (Overtaking Working Group) which made the recommendations of what changes were needed. Paddy Lowe and 2 others sat on that. Ross Brawn was chairman of the Technichal Regs Working Group which wrote the actual rule wording. You will notice that article you referenced was from Mid-April and was part of Brawn’s defense to the complaints he had exploited his own wording. As I recall other members of the TR group did not even recall Ross’ protests they were so quietly made.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 25th June 2013, 19:06

          Personally I believe that MS was moved from the mess that had become Benetton, to Ferrari, to end their (at the time) 16 year WDC drought, post-Senna, to create a new chapter in F1 since the last driver of the previous era, Senna, sadly died and was not able to help F1 carry itself into a new chapter with MS as the likely heir apparent. I think MS was a ‘made’ icon in that regard, with the mega contract that was unprecedented including contracted-to-be-subservient teammates, and eventually we discovered they had more power than any other team including veto power on rule changes at the boardroom table, not to mention hundreds of millions of extra dollars handed to them by F1 just because they were Ferrari. And the records broken reflect all that favouritism. I think the rules started to change in 2002 to stop dominance, but it was a monster that F1 itself created. I don’t believe Red Bull or any other team will ever receive even a thimble worth of the type of advantages MS had. Thankfully.

        • joebloggs said on 26th June 2013, 17:31

          @GT_Racer: The barge boards were in fact illegal. Ferrari’s argument, accepted by the FIA, was that the barge boards were the correct height when the front wheels were pointed straight ahead, but that they became too low when the front wheels were turned and the car’s geometry changed. Although accepted by the FIA, this completely ignores the rule that the cars must be legal at all times on the track. The only way for the Ferrari’s to be legal at all times would have been if the steering was locked in the straight ahead position.
          Compare this with the Michelin tyre controversy – the Michelins were legal at the start of the race but wore in such a way that the shoulders became too wide, thus making them illegal during the race. The FIA forced Michelin to change their tyres so that they conformed at all times.

    • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 25th June 2013, 3:15

      And what tyres are they going to use? Are they going to leave the entire running of the test to Pirelli and leave the car in the same specification from the start of the test to the finish, only replacing worn/damaged parts with the same spec that was taken off?

      Because that is how the Barcelona test was carried out. This is what Mercedes and Pirelli very clearly testified to.

      Its a non starter, and would be the stupidest thing a team would ever consider doing.
      The ruling before is that Mercedes broke the rules but did so in the belief they had permission from the FIA and deemed to have had the best intentions. If Red Bull or any other team blatantly went out to test out side of the “good faith” mitigating circumstances they would be punished heavily.

    • The Abbinator (@abbinator) said on 25th June 2013, 11:28

      FIA under Todt is gutless, had this rule-breaking happened in 2007, Max Mosley would’ve laid Mercedes down and screwed them big time.

      Yes we all know how Max feels about those naughty German things… ;)

      It would have been far better to give an overly harsh penalty and put an end to the matter than to give the slap on the wrist that Merc proposed and got. They should have had to sit out the YDT and forfeit all constructor’s points after their test untilt he balance had been redressed (at least).

  8. D (@f190) said on 25th June 2013, 0:27

    Oh Redbull please grow up ! Empty threats from a sulking team.

  9. stert said on 25th June 2013, 0:30

    Red Bull are really starting to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

  10. Calum (@calum) said on 25th June 2013, 0:49

    Don’t forget RedBull own two teams. The sacrificial lamb could be used to see if it’s legit before risking a championship challenge with their main team.

    • OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 25th June 2013, 1:22

      Well spotted… even it they do so, the move would be so suspicious that all the other teams would warn FIA about how the move is going directed. I doubt they finally do it an risk the already-built work for a whim or sense of revenge

  11. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 25th June 2013, 1:21

    What an F1 Smorgasbord today! Nice to getting ready for some racing action again as the wisps of wimpy tire smoke waft away.

    LOL – Red Bull should try it and see how it works out for them. I’m not a Red Bull fan or detractor, merely an observer, but they are just plain trying to be a pain in the **** as much as possible. It’s easy to sit up and cry like a howler monkey knowing that the test won’t happen. Shut up and race. You’re ahead and don’t seem to know it.

    Pastor Maldonado finally came up with an excuse for why he, a race winner last season, is being surpassed by a rookie this season. I don’t know, there could be some truth to what he is saying, but it sounds suspect. This season, he’s had more off road excursions than the average 4 wheel drive vehicle has in a lifetime. If he was faster than Bottas and then throwing the car off track while doing so, that would be something. But, he’s rarely been faster at all. True, the Williams car is a huge disappointment, but with his experience Maldonado should somehow at least be keeping up with Bottas.

    Agree with the COTD, the intrigue and rule bending was rather boring this go round. More suited for a TV legal drama. *yawn*

    Let’s go racing!

    • Metallion (@metallion) said on 25th June 2013, 11:02

      I think it’s also worth remembering that Bottas was often faster than Maldonado in free practice last season too so I’m not so sure that it’s just that this year’s car happens to suit him better.

    • kpcart said on 25th June 2013, 18:16

      maldonado is typical of high level drivers, fast in a fast ca, but no so in a slow car. in a great car he would be a champion. remember hamilton finishing 18th etc when mclaren were bad in first part of 2009?

  12. Rally Man (@rally-man) said on 25th June 2013, 1:36

    I doubt RBR would do such a thing, that be very very foolish.

  13. BJ (@beejis60) said on 25th June 2013, 5:08

    That fact still remains that Merc apparently didn’t do any aero in an attempt to boost speed or any “real testing” whatsoever. I think you would certainly have more to gain if you go to the YDT with that purpose. Moreover, with RBR acting like a bunch of drama queens, they would certainly look more like idiots if they pulled that stunt than they already appear.

  14. Macademianut (@macademianut) said on 25th June 2013, 6:18

    I dare RBR to do this. Hear me Horner?

  15. @keithcollantine I’m honored as always sir, thanks!

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